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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 6 – The Helmet of Salvation
It’s been 28 years, but I’ll never forget folding those little white undershirts and placing them in the drawer, arranging toys by his crib, and carefully choosing a name.
Those nine months were a time of excitement for us. We loved the anticipation of being new parents. Wondering what he’d be like, picturing who he might look like, dreaming of what he’d grow up to be…
A big part of the joy of becoming a mom was that time of waiting and dreaming with Michael. Knowing a life was about to emerge, and feeling his closeness day after day. If I could do it all over again, I would in a minute.
In much the same way, we wait with anticipation for the return of our Lord. Knowing that one day we’ll see Him face-to-face. Wondering what that day will be like, picturing what our Savior might look like, and knowing that He’s coming back soon.
Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
In our modern-day English, the word “hope” is used to describe something that might or possibly could happen. In other words, it may or may not. It comes with a lot of doubt.
However, the Biblical word for “hope” is different. The word is “elpis” (Strong’s G1680), which is translated as joyful and confident expectation. When you expect something to happen, there’s no room for doubt.
Every night when I go to bed, I expect the sun to come up the next day. I don’t wonder if maybe it won’t. I don’t entertain the idea that this world will stop turning because I know that it won’t.
Have I been there? Have I actually traveled in time to see the sun coming up? I haven’t. I simply have faith that it will.
I have the same confident expectation in the rising of the sun that I do in the coming of our Lord. I have the same hope that this world will keep spinning that I do in my hope of salvation.
As long as we’re in this world we’ll have struggles. Satan will seek to attack us in any way that he can. One sure-fire way he’ll do that is by attacking our thoughts. He’ll tempt us to doubt, he’ll give us reason to be impatient, and he’ll use any lie to deceive us. That’s why it’s important that we’re protecting our thoughts.
Helmets are designed to protect our heads–the very place where our thoughts take root. Nearly every thought that enters our mind comes from the ears or the eyes. And when those areas are carefully guarded we’re less likely to fall into sin.
And so, we must keep our eyes and our ears on the Lord. Follow His voice, obey His commands, and patiently wait for our Lord.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:24-25, KJV)
Answer Key – Chapter 6
Q. What are some long-term goals that you’ve had? What are some of the short-term benefits that either slowed you down or prevented them from happening?
A. This answer is personal and would be different for everyone.
Fill in the Blanks:
For in this hope we ________________________. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not _______________________, we wait for it ________________________. (Romans 8:24-25, NIV)
A. were saved, yet have, patiently
If only for this life we have ____________________ in Christ, we are of all people most to be ________________________. (1 Corinthians 15:19, NIV)
A. hope, pitied
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a _______________ _____________________ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3b, NIV)
A. living hope
Q. What two things are the temporary shelters found in Leviticus 23:42-43 a physical reminder of?
A. They are a physical reminder to them of what their ancestors had to live in for over 40 years as they wandered through the desert on their way to the promised land. It’s also a physical reminder to us that this world is nothing more than a temporary dwelling as we wait for the return of our Lord.
Q. What is The Helmet of Salvation according to 1 Thessalonians 5:8?
A. The Hope of Salvation
Q. What happened on the mountain in Matthew Chapter 17? Who was there with Jesus?
A. Jesus transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Moses and Elijah were with Him.
Q. What did Moses and Elijah each represent at the transfiguration? What connection would this have to The Helmet of Salvation?
A. Moses represented believers who enter the kingdom through death. Elijah, a prophet who never saw death but was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, represents believers who enter the kingdom through the rapture of the church.
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