There’s one crucial truth about the helmet of salvation that has HUGE implications! If you’re teaching the Armor of God, you’ve got to include this in your lesson plan. Want to know what it is? Scroll down to find out!
The right perspective is life-changing.
When you have the right perspective, it totally changes the way you think & act.
And that’s what the helmet of salvation is all about.
You may think that the helmet of salvation is just referring to “getting saved” (the all-important eternal salvation that Christians talk about so much). And yes, the helmet of salvation does have to do with that.
But there’s another life-changing aspect of salvation, too. And it has to do with perspective.
What is this “other perspective” on the helmet of salvation?
We’re looking at the description of the Armor of God in Ephesians 6. But there’s another verse that talks about spiritual armor, too—1 Thessalonians 5:8. This verse, though, doesn’t just talk about the helmet of salvation. It specifies that it is “the helmet of the hope of salvation” (1 Thess. 5:8 NKJV, emphasis mine).
And what is hope according to the Bible? Biblical hope is a confident expectation.
It’s not just wishing. It’s expecting, with confidence.
So when the Bible says to put on “the helmet of the hope of salvation,” it’s talking about having a confident expectation or anticipation of salvation.
And yes, “salvation” can refer to being saved from eternal separation from God. That’s usually what we mean when we talk about salvation—eternal salvation from punishment for sin. And yes, that salvation certainly gives us hope!
But that’s not all.
“Salvation” can also mean “deliverance” or “rescue” from a situation.
And it’s this understanding of salvation that so dramatically affects our perspective! The “hope” of salvation referred to in 1 Thessalonians is the expectation or anticipation of deliverance or rescue—the time when God will finally remove believers from this world of sin & take them to be with Him in heaven.
A person who has trusted in Christ has eternal salvation from punishment for sin. But he also has a hope that can dramatically change his perspective.
A person who has trusted in Christ has the hope of someday being delivered from this sinful world.
As a result of that hope, the believer’s perspective is changed—and so are his actions. Because of the hope of salvation, he is motivated to live a pure, holy life day-to-day.
And that is, perhaps, the most important thing you can teach your kids about the helmet of salvation!
Since you’ve already thoroughly covered the Gospel in your lessons on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, and the shield of faith, you can now take the time to emphasize the results of trusting in Christ.
Now you can teach your kids about the hope of salvation!
Now, in your lesson on the helmet of salvation, you can teach your kids about the confident expectation that they can have as a result of trusting in Christ—the hope that they will one day be rescued out of this world by God.
You can emphasize that having the hope of salvation gives them the daily motivation to live holy lives.
And you can challenge them. Do they have that hope? Has it changed their perspective? Is it motivating them to live holy, godly lives day-to-day?
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Happy teaching! 😀