Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..
So far, in our armor of God series, we have looked at the ways that Paul has given us to protect ourselves from the Adversary. We have talked about the importance of living honestly and being on our best behavior. We discussed the importance of action, of faithing and spreading peace. From there Paul tells us to put on the helmet of salvation.
If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw a post earlier this week about yeshu’a. Yeshu’a is the Hebrew word for rescue or salvation. God loves us so much that he sent us yeshu’a. Yeshu’a also happens to be Jesus’ Hebrew name, and the name that all of his followers would have addressed him as.
In Hebrew culture, when parents gave their child a name, they did so with great care and intent. Names represented all the hopes and dreams that relatives had for the child. Names were also viewed in a prophetic sense. Jesus lived with moniker of salvation all his life.
Salvation is an interesting topic. If you go into a church on any given Sunday there is a high probability that you will be reminded of your salvation through Jesus Christ, that through the work on the cross you will be saved and have eternal life. But that is only half the message, and hardly ever do we talk about the other half of salvation.
We talk all the time about how Jesus died that we may have eternal life, but in chapter ten of John, Jesus tells us that “I have come that they may have life …”
I often wonder, should we be saying that Jesus lived so that we may have eternal life? Jesus very well could have chosen to live differently. In the end, it was his life choices that made him the perfect candidate to be a bringer of salvation.
While it is true that occasionally we talk about his life and how he lived, but its importance tends to be diminished in comparison to his death. He taught by example how to live life as one who has salvation. Throughout his earthly ministry he stressed the importance of living a life in relationship with him. He was the epitome of loving your neighbor. Without that perfect life, we would have no perfect sacrificial lamb.
As I turn these thoughts over and over in my head, I am realizing I need to change me perspective a little. I need to claim salvation a little less and live salvation a little more. I need to state boldly that Jesus lived so that I may have eternal life! I need to celebrate all aspects of salvation that has come to me.
I would like to ask you to share your experience regarding salvation. I would love to hear your story about being saved and what is happening on your spirit trek. Please, leave a comment and share!