THE CHRISTIAN’S ARMOR
# 6 - HEADGEAR FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
(Please note, this outline is NOT ORIGINAL WITH ME. I think I have seen it in print in various forms. I have simply adapted this outline to this particular text.)
The 21st century is coming soon! We are on the verge of entering a new millennium. And as we prepare to move ahead into a new era, let me tell you something. Satan is ready to give you a hard time in the next millennium just as he has given you a hard time during the last end of this millennium. Satan will attack you (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians -12).
The Roman soldier wore a helmet, usually made with metal of some kind, in order to protect his head. If the head was injured, the brain was likely to be injured as well. The brain is the control center of the body. Satan attacks our Spiritual "brains". If he destroy our Spiritual control centers, he can destroy the quality of our Christian lives.
We are told to take the helmet of "salvation". Salvation is presented in three stages in the Bible. There is justification the moment we are saved. There is sanctification as we are in the process of being saved. There is glorification when we leave this life and are saved for all eternity. We are to think of our salvation as deliverance from and victory over sin.
THE PAST - SAVED FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN - Romans 8:1
The moment we trusted Christ as Savior, our sins are forgiven (Psalm 103:10-14)
To maintain fellowship with God, we are to be continually confessing our sins (Psalm 66:18, 1 John 1:9).
THE PRESENT - SAVED FROM THE POWER OF SIN - Romans 6:10-14, Romans 8:35-39
We have victory over sin, as we trust God for victory.
Nothing separates us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
THE FUTURE - SAVED FROM THE PRESENCE OF SIN - 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Titus -13, Revelation 21:1-5, 22:1-8
The Christian Soldier looks forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's the "hope of salvation". He also looks forward to the eternal state, which will include the new heaven, new earth and New Jerusalem.
As a Christian Soldier I must wear the "Helmet of Salvation". I look to the past realizing that my sins have been forgiven. I look to the present and see that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. I look to the future and anxiously await Jesus' coming.