Armour of God: Helmet of salvation

So far in putting on the armour of God, we have gird our loins with truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness, put on the shield of faith, and shod our feet with preparation of the gospel of peace.

The helmet is the most ornamental part of the ancient armour

Now, it’s time to put on the most ornamental part of the ancient armour, the helmet of salvation.

The fact that we are saved through the blood of Jesus Christ is enough for us that we should hold our head up high with confidence and joy.

However, we never know when the enemy might strike and we need to be ready.  Jesus said, “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:33).

One commentary says, “without God and Christ, we would have no courage to enter into conflict”.  However, Romans 8:37, tells us that we “are more than a conqueror through him that loved us”.

Christ has promised that he will enter into the conflict and help us to conqueror the enemy, if we ask Him and allow Him to direct us.

After all, the head is one of the most sensitive and vital areas.  We should want to cover

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our heads.  By covering our head with God’s salvation, we are covering our entire body, soul and spirit.

Our Ephesian Studies says, “We can receive tremendous hope and comfort by focusing on the incredible sacrifice Jesus Christ gave to save us and the wonderful Kingdom that is the goal of our salvation. This hope protects our minds from the discouragement and despair in this world.”

If you think back through some of the Bible stories, you will recognize the importance of covering the head.

One of the most famous stories is when David brought down a giant named Goliath with a smooth stone that sunk deep into the giant’s forehead.  {1 Samuel 17}.

The helmet keeps the rocks out, but also protects the “seven sacred openings” from the neck up allowing us to keep our eyes, hearing, nose, mouth or tongue and most importantly our brains or head.

Salvation is our best protection

In the book of Judges, King Abimelech died because he charged a city wall without first putting on his helmet. Then “And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech’s head, and all to brake his skull”   {Judges 9}

A Commentary on Ephesians tells us, “And accept, for behold it is offered to your very hands, the helmet of God’s Salvation even Him who is our Deliverance in Person, and whose presence and promise “cover the head” indeed as the soldier faces the battle.”

It’s easy to be hard headed and strong willed {I know}, but God wants us to submit to him.  Through the blood of Jesus we can accept his salvation and with his help He will bend us to His will, if we allow him.

A Commentary on Ephesians goes on to say, “To enter on this spiritual conflict ignorant or

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doubting would be to enter battle blind and lame.”

I sure don’t want to enter a battle blind or lame.  Do you?  Putting on the helmet of salvation protects us from going blind or lame.

Ephesians 4:14 tells us, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting”.

We must see God’s truth for what it is.  His truth is Jesus sent to earth to die for our sins.  His truth is found in God’s word {The Bible}.  His truth will never stir us wrong.

Have you put on the Helmet of salvation?