10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:10-11, 17
What is a helmet? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a helmet as: “Any of various protective head coverings usually made of a hard material to resist impact”
So then, what does Salvation have to do with resisting impacts and protecting you? for this, let’s take a look at the definition of salvation in this context.
“deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.”
What are the consequences of sin?
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
The consequence of sin is death. Eternal separation from the father who is the life-giver, a death that no one comes back from. But now that we’ve answered what salvation does and is, how does it work? The answer is quite simple.
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed [their] stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
It’s a simple formula, believe in Jesus as your lord and savior + be baptized (publicly proclaim it) = salvation. That’s all it takes. But, there is a further step, because, Christians aren’t “once saved, always saved”: Salvation is a gift that we must keep receiving.
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. It is not from yourself or anything you’ve done, but the gift of God.”
How do we keep receiving this gift? by keeping our faith, and the evidence of that is in what we do
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? …17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did… 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone… 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
James 2:14, 17-21, 22, 24, 26
Salvation only comes through faith, but if it doesn’t impact your works (what you do and say) it’s not true faith, because faith changes everything. If your faith can change you, then it’s alive and real, and so is your Salvation, and your acceptance, which will be your helmet, keeping you safe from eternal death.
If you want to live forever, all you must do is pray in faith and accept the gift God offers, if you would like to do this, I’d like to invite you to pray, and seek God, and then find a community of believers to help you grow in your faith.