Fight Club 205 - Know Your Tools

We've looked at a few tools so far. Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, and faith. What else is there? What comes next?

You need the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17).

Back when I was in the powersports business, I talked to hundreds of customers looking for helmets. And I always asked them the same thing, "Do you have a $10 head or a $500 head?" Typically, the less expensive the helmet, the less protection it offers. (I mean really - if you were going to jump out of an airplane, would you want the cheapest parachute you could get?) Most injuries are easy enough to get over, but head trauma is a different story.

Your head - your brain - is the seat of your soul. Your soul is made up of your mind, will, and emotions. You have to protect your soul. When we don't protect our mind (thought processes), will (desire to act), and emotions... if the Devil can get any opportunity or any kind of foothold on any of them... we're in trouble.

Scripture tells us to guard our heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). Your heart is a combination of your spirit and your soul. Well Jesus has transformed your spirit and He's got that under control, so it's up to us to guard our soul. We have to protect it.

What helmet do we take up? The helmet of salvation. And here's the thing... we've talked about this before a bit and we're back to it again. The word "salvation" used here in Ephesians 6:17 is talking about applied salvation. The direct application of God's salvation. Well if salvation is just going to Heaven and living with Jesus after you die, how in the world is that possible? How can salvation be directly applied in the heat of battle? In the middle of a conflict?

That's because it's not. That's not all salvation entails. Salvation is more than just quote-unquote eternal life in Heaven with Jesus after you die and leave this earth. Having solely that viewpoint of salvation is the equivalent of having a $10 helment. Is it protection? Sure. Is it complete? No.

Salvation - Strong's Greek 4991 - is deliverance, preservation, safety, health, etc.

HELPS Word-Studies defines it as physical or moral rescue or safety.

Strong's Exhaustive says it is derived from 4982 which means to save, cure, get well, make well, heal, preserve, recover, restore... and like we talked about in Fight Club 203... make whole.

Will that take place when you've moved on to glory and life in Heaven? Yes. Of course. But based on what we're seeing here (and on what "salvation" truly means anyway), should those things take place in the life of the believer here on Earth? Yes!

See, here's what most Christians don't understand: "eternal life" as mentioned in John 3:15 doesn't simply refer to the afterlife. It is age-long, unending. It operates inside, outside, and beyond time. And it refers to the reality of God's life at work in the life of the believer. Eternal life begins the very moment you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior!

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Don't want to or know that you can believe that? Want to think eternal life only applies to the afterlife? Okay. Think about it this way then... You are a spirit who lives in a body right? Okay. Here's the question... have you been crucified with Christ? Then you have already died! You're already living in your afterlife!

Stop thinking about and looking at the flesh! The afterlife doesn't apply to your body. (Will you get a resurrected body when Jesus returns? Yes. But once you die and leave your body, what happens until then? Your spirit will live in Heaven without your body. They'll be rejoined when Jesus comes back.)

You are a spirit. The old you is dead and gone. The old man is passed away. You have been made new. You are a new creation in Christ. You have been reborn. Jesus has already provided for your deliverance, preservation, safety, health, physical rescue, physical safety, moral rescue, moral safety, healing, recovery, restoration, and wholeness for your life here and now! He sacrificed everything so that you would lack nothing in the spiritual realm or the physical!

Practice the love of God.

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