The Helmet of Salvation

“Take the helmet of salvation…” (Ephesians 6:17a)

Nothing can ruin a warrior’s day like being singled out by the enemy for a blow to the head.  Obviously, this important appendage needs to be protected just like the rest of our body.  But the helmet of salvation does more than just guard and protect the life of the warrior; its brilliant plumage identifies the warrior as a soldier of the Lord.  Our good works are a product of our hope of salvation and our thankfulness to a God who has saved us, proclaiming to all the world the mark of one redeemed from sin and death.

Under the beautiful feathers and adornments, this helmet is a triple-layered fortress for our most vulnerable area.  After all, Satan’s arsenal isn’t limited to a single type of ammunition or weapon.  His attacks are threefold; tempting us to despair over the sins of our past, assaulting our spirit with doubt through temptations and trials in the present, and inflicting us with foreboding over future judgment.  But God’s salvation protects our life in Christ from all three of these deadly weapons.

First of all, God’s salvation has already saved us from the power of sin.  We have been cleansed and made holy through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Our sins have been washed away, and the curse brought upon us in the Garden of Eden has been broken.  Our mission on this field of battle is to bring that same hope of salvation to all those around us who are still held prisoner by despair and hopelessness over their own wickedness.  As God commanded the apostles, so too does He command you and I: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47)

The helmet of salvation also protects us from the daily attacks of the evil one.  God’s power gives us strength to help us resist and flee temptation.  His love and atonement free us from sin’s guilt when we fail.  His promise supports us in time of need.  Whatever our affliction, we need only turn to Him to find the strength to overcome it.  “The Lord is my strength and my song: he has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:2).  That fancy plume atop our helmet of salvation is not for inflating our own sense of self-importance – it is a testimony to the craftsman of the helmet and the Commander whom we serve.  As others see us bearing trials and burdens in God’s strength, we must always give the praise and glory to Him who has overcome the prince of this world.

Finally, the core of our helmet of salvation is the hope of our eternal life.  The future is a scary place, and at the end of everything, death our foe awaits.  But even this vile opponent has been defeated and cast down by our God.  “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death…then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’  ‘Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26;54-55)

As we rejoice in the salvation that is already ours through Jesus, and as we daily turn to God to save us from temptation and suffering, we long for that final salvation that is to come on the day of our Lord’s return.  Our helmet will remain a sure protection, saving us from our enemies for the sake of glorifying our God in heaven, now and always.  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15)

Prayer: Lord God, I thank You for arming me with the helmet of Your own salvation.  Give me strength and courage to withstand the tempter’s power, and bear me up when life’s troubles oppress me.  Let all who see Your loving hand in my life recognize that my salvation comes from You alone.  Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who has redeemed and saved me.  Amen.

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