17 Take the helmet of salvation
A blow to the head can kill. You do not even have to draw blood, penetrate the bone, a hit on the head can cause an internal bleed and your brain is crushed by the pressure and you die. Many head injuries you do not die instantly, the blood leaks in and slowly kills the brain. Many head injuries , the body dies after the brain dies.
My brother, Kirk, had vertigo.One day after a long day of construction work, he came home very dizzy, and he passed out and fell in his drive way. Kirk was 6’3” . The full force of that tall frame coming straight back and hitting the concrete fractured his skull, and caused his brain to ‘bounce’ forward, his brain was bleeding from the back and the front. Kirk’s brain began to swell. Within 36 hours there were no longer any brain waves, his brain had died, yet his body had not. When the machines that caused his heart to beat, and his breath to flow were turned off, his body no longer functioned. Physical Kirk died at 32. Spiritual Kirk continues on, eternally.
During the 36 hours Kirk seemed alive, his heart beat, his lungs took in air. I held his hand, I talked to him, his body was there. I wanted him to be alive, so he was. The doctors ran tests and found no blood was moving through his brain, that there were no brain waves. Though he seemed alive he was dead.
Had Kirk been wearing a helmet, as any 32 year old male would do as everyday attire 😉 , he would be alive today, physically. We have our children wear helmets as they bicycle. Helmets are used by skiers now, because the bump on the head on the slopes have killed many. Helmets save us from death.
The helmet of salvation saves us from eternal death. Remember dear old Satan in the garden? The lie he spoke to Eve4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. Adam and Eve did not die immediately from eating the fruit,. But they did begin the ‘bleed’. The relationship between their source of life, eternal life, God was cut off. Their God brains died. Though they had living bodies they were spiritually dead, their bodies begin to deteriorate, and die, eventually they will return to the dust they came from. And their spirits would continue on, in Death, separation from God. Death is separation from life, and it too is eternal.
With the helmet of salvation, our bleed is healed. Our relationship with our God is renewed. We have eternal life, instead of eternal death. The helmet of salvation gives us eternal spiritual life.
Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned
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