The Helmet of Salvation
‘Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:’ (KJV)
Some people think of the armour of God in Ephesians 6 as a work which they must do in order to live a good Christian life and see good results. Ephesians 6:10 declares, though, that the armour of God is not about what you do, but it is all about what Christ has already done for us. It is not standing strong in our own strength, but being ‘strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might’. (KJV) What exactly does it mean to be strong in the power of God’s might? – Ephesians 1:19-20 answers this perfectly, in stating that ‘…his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms’. (NIV) Simply put: being strong in the power of God’s Might is all about knowing, resting upon, and abiding in the great victory we have in Christ. It isn’t about standing firm in our own efforts to gain victory, it is standing firm in our already established victory in Christ, and seeing this victory made manifest in every area of our life by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we simply rest in the spiritual truths of the Gospel. We are seated in heavenly places, in perfect, full union with the risen Christ! 1 John 4:17 exclaims ‘as He [the risen Christ] is, so are we in this world’! (KJV)
This brings us on to the helmet of Salvation. The helmet of Salvation refers to a mind-set that embraces and sets itself upon the vast Salvation we have in Christ. What is particularly beautiful is that the Greek word used for Salvation in this Scripture is much more detailed than our English word for salvation. It is the word ‘soteria’ which speaks not only of eternal life, but of ‘deliverance’ (from mental disturbance, fears, enemies, dis-ease, disease, and all evil), ‘preservation’ (being preserved ‘in’ the risen Christ in the here and now, sharing in all that He is and has, having heaven’s quality of life), and ‘safety’ (knowing we are so secure that nothing can threaten or intimidate us, because Christ is the Victorious One in us).
To put on the helmet of Salvation means that we allow the finished work of Jesus to protect our mind from the lies, accusations, and disturbances of the enemy. We set our mind on the things of the Spirit, knowing that the result of this is always ‘life and peace’ (Romans 8:6). This is so exciting to grasp, because God desires that our lives are filled with joy and wonder as we grow in understanding and believing the magnitude of this Good News (1 Peter 1:8). Right believing produces right emotions in our lives, and rids us of toxic, unhealthy emotions and thus unhealthy addictions too. As we put on the helmet of Salvation, we recognise that we are not trying to gain victory in our lives, we are already victorious, and will see this blessing of the Lord manifest. Wherever we go, whatever we do, when we are wearing the helmet of Salvation we will be ‘the head and not the tail, above and not beneath’ (Deuteronomy 28:13). We are not trying to achieve the helmet of Salvation, either, as it was a free gift of Christ, one that we can rest in and enjoy daily. Abide in the good news today and know that you have the mind of Christ, this helmet of Salvation! (1 Corinthians 2:16).