May 18, 2018
1 Thessalonians 5:8… But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
The breastplate and the helmet are for protection. They are not weapons. We may not be always attacking the enemy; but, we are always defending against his attacks. Paul gives this as a description of being sober. A breastplate protects our organs, including our heart. One way to seriously injure somebody is to penetrate an internal organ. A bullet can pass through the interior of a man and not cause real problems if it doesn’t hit an organ. The same can happen with a spear; but, it is hard to pass a spear through a man and not hit an organ. A breastplate helps prevent a spear from penetrating. A helmet protects the mind which I guess is a function of the brain. I say “I guess” because the Bible lists the heart as a part of the emotional, intellectual function of a human as well. When God says, “I look at the heart”, He is not saying that He watches the muscle that pumps blood. But, since life is in the blood, the flow of blood is part of our existence. God sees it in conjunction with how we think, which is also a real part of our existence. A breastplate and helmet could work with one another to protect the heart of a man, as the Bible describes “heart.” I did not pre-think that. So, I put it out there for your thoughts. I remind you… this is not a teaching; it is a blog. I teach; I can’t help myself. But, I am also a student, ever learning and coming to the knowledge of Truth.
“Helmet” the hope of salvation… Hope is more than wishful thinking; it is fondly waiting for an upcoming event. According to Hebrews 11:1 and 2, faith adds evidence and confidence to hope. In the sentence at the top of this page, Paul combines faith, hope, and love. At the end of the love chapter,
1 Corinthians 13, he does the same thing and tells us that they will last when all else fails. The protection that we are to put on is eternal; it will not wear out or quit working. Paul is giving us advice for the eternal life that we are to be living.
If you live for the devil, you can’t wear faith, love, and hope as a shield against him. Live for God… His words… His desires… His plans.