Helmet of Salvation
he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his
head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with
zeal as a cloke. Isa. 59:17
Many have confused ideas in regard to
conversion. They have often heard the words repeated from the pulpit, "Ye
must be born again." "You must have a new heart." These
expressions have perplexed them. They could not comprehend the plan of salvation.
Many have stumbled to ruin because of the erroneous doctrines
taught by some ministers concerning the change that takes place at conversion.
Some have lived in sadness for years, waiting for some marked evidence that
they were accepted by God. They have separated themselves in a large measure
from the world, and find pleasure in associating with the people of God; yet
they dare not profess Christ, because they fear it would be presumption to say
that they are children of God. They are waiting for that peculiar change that
they have been led to believe is connected with conversion.
After a time some of these do receive
evidence of their acceptance with God, and are then led to identify themselves
with His people. And they date their conversion from this time. But . . . they
were adopted into the family of God before that time. God accepted them when
they became weary of sin, and having lost their desire for worldly pleasures,
resolved to seek God earnestly. But, failing to understand the simplicity of
the plan of salvation, they lost many privileges and blessings which they might
have claimed had they only believed, when they first turned to God, that He had
Others fall into a more dangerous error.
They are governed by impulse. Their sympathies are stirred, and they regard
this flight of feeling as an evidence that they are accepted by God and are
converted. But the principles of their life are not changed. The evidences of a
genuine work of grace on the heart are to be found not in feeling, but in the
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