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Watch Your Head! (6 of 8)
Series: Spiritual Warfare
Eph. 6:17a; Rom. 6:14-18,23; 8:23-25; 1 Jn. 3:1-3
INTRO: We've all heard the expression ''a mind is a terrible thing to waste.'' Why? Our mind represents the real ''ME.'' A person can lose a leg, an arm; other parts of the body, but you cannot lose your mind and still be a human being!
This makes Paul's statement on the armor of God very significant when he addresses the need of the soldier to wear a helmet to protect the most vital organ of the body, the brain. This helmet he likens to SALVATION. Following logic here it is clear that Paul states that SALVATION is the only protection for the existence of being a human being.
No doubt Paul is also thinking of the role of the mind, it is in the mind that we experience fear, hope, love, hate, etc, thus the only protection is the helmet of SALVATION! Yet, we must choose to put it on!
ILLUS: God votes for us; Satan votes against us--we cast the deciding vote. -- Croft M. Pentz, The Complete Book of Zingers (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1990).
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that the helmet of SALVATION gives us hope in a hopeless world, faith in the face of fear, guarantee of eternal life rather than the guilt of eternal damnation. In SALVATION we are free from the PENALTY of sin, the POWER of sin, and one day the PRESENCE of sin!
I. SALVATION FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN! Eph. 6:17a, Rom. 6:23, 1 Jn. 3:1-2
A. Death Dies! Rom. 6:23
1. The person that has never accepted Jesus Christ as their savior is facing eternal damnation!
a. The Bible does not teach that everyone will experience joyful bliss in eternity, only those who have experienced salvation.
b. Salvation is MORE than just ''believing'' that Jesus is God, even Satan believes this! … It is accepting Christ's salvation by confessing our sins and turning our lives over to Christ to live the way He calls us to live.
2. Only Christ can transform us from death ...
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