Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM, ROMC
Ephesians 6:17: Take the helmet of salvation…
The Helmet of Salvation is used by both God and warrior alike:
- Isaiah 59:17 “He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.”
- 1Thesslonians 5:8 “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
When medieval battle fields are excavated today, historians have learned that the majority of fatalities were caused by arrow shots to the head or face. Without having trusted Christ for our salvation, we show up to the battle field of this life and the next wearing no helmet!
Another useful way to think about the helmet of salvation is that Christ protects our thinking:
- “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
- “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).