Scripture Reading: [Thessalonians 5:8
"Let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation." The darkness of nighttime is used by righteous people for sleep and by evil people to cover their wicked deeds. The righteous, therefore, want tusethedaytime to assist in their activities which they do for the glory of God. Faith and love are a breastplate to protect the "heart" with its emotions when that faith and love is centered in God. The hope mentioned in I Thessalonians 5:8 is a helmet in that it protects the "mind" from doubt and fear. How can this be? Remember that this hope of salvation is the absolute certainty that God has done something for our salvation, and that it has been applied to us personally by Himself.
Nowhere in the Bible is it more sure that the word "hope" is used of a definite reality, not just wishful desire, for salvation. Some desire for salvation would only turn into doubt and fear when examined. A desire would not be a helmet for the head! It would leave the head exposed to the enemy.
This "hope of salvation" is truly the "certainty of salvation," which is the mighty work of the Holy Spirit in giving us the assurance that the Lord Jesus died for our sins, and that He has given us illumination to understand it "according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. " One has written, "The certainty of our personal salvation, and the certainty of the truthfulness of the gospel message which brought us our salvation, are one!" If you know that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, will you trust Him now for your salvation?
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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