One important piece of the Armor of God is the Helmet of Salvation. Paul talks about it in Ephesians 6:17, which is one of the Scriptures on the Armor of God.
The following information was pulled from my sermon on Ephesians 6:17, in which I discuss the Helmet of Salvation.
The helmet of salvation is God’s helmet which he has given to us, for our use, as His soldiers in this war against spiritual forces.
But what exactly is this the helmet? Well, Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the helmet is salvation.
And in Ephesians, when Paul refers to salvation, he is referring to aspects of the salvation or deliverance from the penalty of sin. He is referring to justification.
And so that is also how we should understand the helmet of salvation in Ephesians 6:17. This helmet which we are to take up and put on is our justification. It is the helmet of justification salvation.
Helmet of Justification Salvation
But why does this matter for the Christian? Especially for the Christian in spiritual warfare? Of what use is the helmet of salvation for the Christian soldier who finds himself or herself in battle?
It obviously can’t mean that they need to be saved, for remember, God only gives his armor to those who already are saved. You do not become saved by putting on the helmet. No, if you have the helmet to put on, you are already saved.
So how does the helmet help the Christian in spiritual battle?
Well, remember, the helmet protects the head, and more specifically, the brain, and so the helmet protects what the brain contains in regard to salvation.
Satan always begins his attack with what a Christian does or doesn’t know. And here, in speaking specifically about the helmet of salvation, Paul tells us that one of the main truths that Satan tries to attack is what we know about our salvation—specifically—whether we have salvation or not.
To put it simply, putting on the helmet provides us with the assurance of salvation. Assurance of salvation is ultimately a matter of the mind. Assurance of salvation is a factor of what you know and Who you know. And of course, all knowledge is contained in the mind.
It is in our head, it is in our brain, that we contain the knowledge of what Christ has done for us. It is in our head that we made the decision to believe in Jesus for eternal life. It is in our head that we know what we have in Christ, and it is in our head that we know we are saved.
To learn more about the Helmet of Salvation, see my sermon on Ephesians 6:17.
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