The Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17)

Very few soldiers can survive a direct shot to the head. Paul wanted his readers to understand that a great deal of the war they were engaged in would be taking place between their ears — in their minds. And he wanted them to understand that the devil wanted nothing more than to take their thinking away from the kind of thinking God wanted them engaged in.

Paul also wrote, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). Other versions of this same verse use the term “sound mind” interchangeably with “self discipline,” which tells us of the importance to God of our right thinking, or putting “on salvation as your helmet.”

Furthermore, Paul wanted the Ephesians to understand that they had a means of protection for their heads and their minds: “Put on salvation as your helmet” (Ephesians 6:17). That meant making sure that their minds were fixed on what God had done for them through Jesus Christ and on what it meant to them in their present lives.

But a helmet — be it one used in war, one used in sports, or one used on a construction site — won';t do its owner a bit of good unless it is worn. So how do we put on the helmet of salvation?

It';s by keeping in mind who you are in Christ — that you have been saved and are on your way to heaven, that you have been given the ability to serve God, and that you are given the authority over the devil and the ability to battle him and win. It';s knowing that no matter what you have to endure in this life, God has your very best in mind and that He won';t allow you to be tempted beyond your ability to withstand it and that He';ll cause everything to work for your best. (See Romans 8:28.)

It is knowing with absolute certainty that in Christ, you are:

  • a child of God (John 1:12)

  • chosen and enabled to do good things on this earth for God (John 15:16)

  • a prized possession of God (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)

  • forgiven of all your sins (Colossians 1:13–14)

  • able to do all things through the strength of Christ (Philippians 4:13)

  • on your way to heaven (Philippians 3:20)

  • During times of spiritual attack, the devil loves to try to get inside our minds and tell us that we aren';t some or any of the things listed above, but when we put on our helmet of salvation, he is unable to sway our minds away from who and what God says we are.

    Study Questions

    Look up the word salvation (and its variations) in the New Testament. What do these messages say to Christians about their salvation?

    Use your concordance and find instances in the New Testament where it says, “You are.” What does the New Testament say about who and what Christians really are in Christ?

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