But 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. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do
1 Thessalonians 5: 8-11
It is bliss to know that one day; our vile bodies shall be changed into a glorious one at the appearing of our blessed Lord Jesus. But beyond the redemption of our bodies, we also have (as a hope of salvation) the fact that we shall be saved from the tribulation that is to try this world. Tribulation is coming to this world, brothers and sister. The world would mourn and be super sorry. They’d weep and wish for death when the wrath of God shall be unleashed on them. But we have a blessed hope: We are not made for wrath. God knows how to deliver us from the tribulation that is to come (2Pet 2:9). By the rapture, we shall be removed from this damned world to be with our Lord in bliss if we endure the present hardness that may come our way to try our loyalty to our loving Master.
Serving God and living the true Christian life doesn’t always appeal to reason. It isn’t reasonable, for example, to give your widow’s mite (your all in your “poverty”) to an already prosperous ministry or minister. But such is divine wisdom if done in love as led by the Spirit. It is more reasonable to the worldly-wise man to give, in pride, to the poor than to break your alabaster box at the feet of Jesus. But that could be a Spirit-inspired wisdom (not only to redeem your time on earth) but also to crest your name on the chariot of the gospel and the pillar of God’s Temple (Matt 26:6-13). The devil would taunt you (for sure) with the seeming stupidity of in such divine wisdom. That is why you need the helmet of salvation.
The helmet of salvation gives us the assurance that if we suffer with Jesus, we shall also reign with Him (2Tim 2:12). This protects our minds from the proud arguments against our life of love-based service. We are sure that if we keep the word of His patience, He shall also keep us from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10). Thus we are not ashamed to bear in our bodies, the mark of our Lord Jesus. We don’t mind the crown of thorns we gladly embrace the cross. “[We] gave our back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: we hid not [our] face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD will help [us]; therefore shall [we] not be confounded: therefore have [we] set [our] faces like a flint, and [we] know that [we] shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth [us]” (Isaiah 50:6-8). Glory to God!
LET US PRAY
Dear Father, thank you for our blessed hope of salvation which is the helmet to protect us from the proud arguments of the enemy
I pledge allegiance to the Lord Jesus. I’d serve in love, in faith and in hope because I know, I shall not be put to shame.
Father, let the hope of our salvation be made clear to your children that we may remain true despite the challenges we face.
1Thessalonians 4 & 5