“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”Ephesians 6:17
It’s incredible to think that the absence or presence of a helmet can make so much of a difference that a motor accident can prove fatal without one while being run over by a car can be survived with one.
Paul lists the helmet of salvation as the fifth part of the armor of God. Undoubtably in his days When a soldier suited up for battle, the helmet was the last piece of armor to go on. It was the final act of readiness in preparation for combat.
By now we should know from numerous warnings given by the police and general public that a helmet is not a piece of equipment to be underestimated. Truth is that some “deaths” could’ve been prevented with this piece in place.
Pauls analogy of the armor of the Roman soldier makes it more relatable.
But really What does taking the helmet of salvation mean for us today? How do we put it on, and how does it protect us?
Our enemy hates that we have chosen this path and will stop at nothing to destroy us because of it. Just as the helmet protects the vital but vulnerable head from otherwise fatal blows, the hope of salvation can protect our thoughts from our enemy’s attacks and temptations to disobey God.
But With the helmet securely fastened, we can have the same confidence that Paul had to say that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”
The assurance of salvation is our impenetrable defense against anything the enemy throws at us. So as we prepare for Satan’s attacks, we must grab that helmet and buckle it on tightly. God’s salvation is an ongoing, eternal state that His children enjoy in the present. It is daily protection and deliverance from our sin nature and Satan’s schemes.
Through this helmet of salvation, we can “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”.