Hello and welcome to season 2 episode 35 of The Berean Manifesto, brought to you by The Ekklesian House.  This is Pastor Bill and over the next 10 minutes or so we are going to be looking at the fifth piece of the Armor of God from Paul’s list in Ephesians 6 from verse 17, the helmet of salvation.

 

Here in Ephesians 6 isn’t the only time that Paul references the helmet of salvation.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 Paul writes, “[8] But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled and put on the armor of faith and love, and a helmet of the hope of salvation. [9] For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, [10] who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.”  Interestingly enough half of my commentaries on Ephesians 6:17 concerning the helmet of salvation said that this was indeed the same helmet of the hope of salvation spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 5:8. While the other half un-categorically denied that there was any connection and that Paul is speaking of two completely different things.  I have to agree with mainly the former sentiment that the two verses are speaking of the same thing. However, It seems that the salvation referred to in verse 8 of 1 Thessalonians 5 and the salvation in verse 9 of the same chapter are two different types of salvation.

 

We’ve talked about hope in the past as being a confident expectation of something.  Here in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Paul says we wear a helmet of the hope of salvation, or the confident expectation of salvation and Romans 8 of which all the commentaries say is directly related to 1 Thessalonians 5:8 tells us that we are saved in the hope of the redemption of our bodies at the resurrection and our adoption as children of God.  We are saved through this confident expectation of our adoption as the children of God and the redemption of our bodies at the resurrection. If you’re listening you might have just heard why half of my commentaries assert that Ephesians 6:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 are not talking about the same thing. Let me lay it out for you, from the rest of scripture, we know that spiritual salvation comes through faith in Jesus as the Son of God who was raised from the dead and the confession of the mouth that Jesus is Lord.  But that’s not what we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:8, that’s not what we read in Romans 8. So what are we talking about here?

 

The word for “saved” in Romans 8 is:

G4982 σώζω sōzō sode'-zo From a primary word σῶς sōs̄ (contraction for the obsolete σάος saos, “safe”); to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): - heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

It’s a base word that then lends itself to the word savior, which then lends itself to the word salvation.  Because there is no salvation without a savior. However, with Romans 8 and 1 Thessalonians 5 being connected to Ephesians 6:17 where we have the list of the Armor of God, we find then that the helmet of salvation is not one of spiritual salvation but of physical salvation.  Let’s put this into some context.

 

We find Peter in seemingly the same wheelhouse as Paul concerning this relationship between hope, the mind, and this kind of physical salvation we engage in after our spiritual salvation in 1 Peter 1:12-13 when he writes, “[12] It was revealed to (the prophets) that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven - angels long to catch a glimpse of these things. [13] Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  I believe this is what Paul is referencing in Ephesians 6:17 when he mentions the helmet of salvation; having your mind ready for action, sober-minded with hope set on our adoption as sons of God and the redemption of our bodies at the resurrection.

 

In Romans 12:2 Paul says, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”  I believe the helmet of salvation and the transformative renewing of your mind are one and the same concept. In Ephesians 5 we are taught that we are cleansed by the washing of the word, and in this case it is specifically the rhema or spoken word, i.e. the inspired Word of God.  If we back up one chapter to Ephesians 4 we read that we are “to take off“ our “former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of” our “minds, and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.”

 

We can talk about the helmet of salvation; the washing of the word, and the renewal of the mind in concept, but I believe Ephesians 4:25-31 has the practical actions we can take in this regard.  It says, “(25) Therefore, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. (26) Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, (27) and don’t give the devil an opportunity. (28) Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. (29) No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. (30) And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption. (31) Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. (32) And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

 

Immerse yourself in the spoken inspired word of God.  Get into the scriptures, and work on these areas where you know you need growth.  Ephesians 4 gives us a very practical list of these areas where we can take control of our mind and make it submit to the word.  Thereby washing, renewing, and putting on the helmet of salvation.

 

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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