On this page, the Helmet of Salvation will be discussed, and we’ll try to get to the bottom of what exactly is this piece of the Whole Armor of God. All of us who are saved and cleansed by the blood of Christ know at least one aspect of what it means to be saved, and for anyone that has not met the Lord in a personal way, and would like to, please go see the Salvation page, and meet the Lord for yourself. But when referring to the Helmet of Salvation, are we talking about the same that comes from believing and calling upon the name of Jesus?
If you’ve been following along in this study into the Whole Armor of God, you’ll notice that there’s been a trend that (I believe with my whole heart) the Holy Spirit is trying to break in our mindset concerning the Whole Armor. And when we’re talking about the Helmet of Salvation, there is no exception. That mindset that I believe the Holy Ghost is trying to break, is the understanding that each piece is attributed or connected to our attributes somehow.
For example. the attributes invested in the Breastplate of Righteousness are not of ourselves and our own righteousness, but is God’s righteousness. The Belt of Truth is not about our truth, or our ability to tell the truth, but is about Christ, who is Truth. And who does Truth (or Christ for that matter) belong to? God almighty. I think you can see what I’m trying to get across.
Each piece has an attribute from God the Father himself, not of ourselves at all. But how does this apply to the Helmet of Salvation? Let’s get into the text first, then move along with this piece given to us by the Lord as a part of the Whole Armor of God.
Ephesians 6: 17-18
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
These are the last two verses that we are concentrating on in this study. I’d highly suggest that you open your Bibles and get your eyes on each verse that covers the Whole Armor of God. I’d also suggest that you go and check out the entirety of this study from the beginning if you haven’t already. If you hover over the Bible Study tab, then hover over the Spiritual Warfare section, there you’ll see it, or click the following link. We began in Ephesians chapter 6 verse eleven in the introduction into this study on the Whole Armor of God page.
I’d like to take the opportunity at this point to say that the Helmet of Salvation is brought up three times in the scriptures. One of which we see God depicted as wearing it himself. Which in my view makes perfect sense as it is HIS armor. One of these instances that it’s brought up is above in Ephesians 6, here are the other two.
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
1 Thessalonians 5:
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
What is the Helmet of Salvation
When we put on the Helmet of Salvation, what is it that we’re doing? The Helmet of Salvation rests firmly upon the the head, covering it on all sides. This provides protection against any blows that may come at you by the enemy. Now this is a spiritual piece of armor that covers and protects something that will determine how you walk your walk, how you achieve victory in Christ, how you perceive the world around you and how you perceive yourself and others.
What I’m talking about is the mind. It is by no accident that the mind is also referred to as the Devil’s playground. The way that we think before we were saved is quite often different than afterwards. But neglecting to renew your mind in the Word of God will leave it open for Satan to do his work and start replacing strongholds, or bolstering strongholds that may have already been there. After we are saved, the Bible tells us to put on Jesus in a few different ways, and one of which is to put on the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
Satan’s attack on the mind can cause all kinds of things that either belittle, block, or destroy what the Holy Spirit is willing to do in your life. If Satan can convince you to think a particular way, you’ll behave in a particular way. If you behave in a particular way, you’ll say things in a particular way. If you say things in a particular way, it becomes your confession.
And what is it that your confession should be? Well, it should be whatever the Word has to say about what Jesus did for you and what the Lord has said about you. Is that what normally comes out of your mouth? If it’s not I’d remind you that from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Will you speak the things that the Lord has put into you via his written Word, or what a corrupted mind bombards your heart with?
23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
All of this concerning the helmet is pertaining to Christians. Not the unsaved. So as Christians wearing God’s Armor, but not having our head protected by the Helmet of Salvation, whatever the enemy does to our mind, can either: A = provide a mortal blow that will forever prevent you from walking in the light of Christ. Or B = corrupt your mind, sending contamination down into your heart, provoking you to curse yourself or others through your own words. Now the heart is protected from exterior assaults by the Breastplate of Righteousness, but it does not protect you from an attack coming from within your body.
Our minds are under attack from all directions all day long everywhere we go. I’ll remind you, this world’s system in which we have to live in is by no means set up in a way that is conducive to the life of a Christian with the desire in his or her heart to live a life dedicated to the Lord. Quite the contrary actually. It’s design is to hammer people into Godlessness, or to partake in false gods. To us who are saved it should come as no surprise, as the earth is indeed the Lord’s, but this world belongs to Satan. Under these conditions our minds are under constant assault.
It is because of this wicked world that we are to be wearing the Boots of Peace, and to transform the ground on which we stand to make it ready for the gospel of peace, being the Gospel of Christ. I believe that the Helmet of Salvation works best when the Boots of Peace are doing their work, and the same goes the other way around. The effectiveness of the Boots of the preparation of the Gospel of Peace hinge of our surety and stability of God’s salvation.
That’s not to say that the integrity of the different pieces of armor change, but our effectiveness using it changes. And as we traverse also wearing all the other pieces of the Whole Armor of God, the Helmet of Salvation does many things for us believers. But on the top of that list of what it does for us, would be to keep our minds protected from the waves of crushing blows coming at us continuously from the enemy.
Wearing the Helmet of Salvation
Are we putting a helmet on that reminds us of our salvation in Christ? That could be one way to see it. For certain, without salvation there’s no armor to put on in the first place. To Christians, I’d also be so bold as to say that if there is a question in your mind concerning whether or not you are saved, you are immediately unfit for spiritual battle and have other things that you need to worry about, like getting yourself right with God and learning your position and authority in Christ.
We who are saved and have that blessed assurance firmly understood in Him, are not saved of ourselves, but by what Christ did for us on the cross 2,000 years ago. So as far as the Helmet of Salvation goes, this can’t be confused as an attribute that we may have the capacity to generate such as faith, truth, righteousness, etc. Salvation isn’t an attribute that is even fathomable for us as humans to comprehend, save from a physical level. Saving someone from a burning building or something like that, sure. But to provide a continual state of salvation for someone, we don’t and can’t do that. Only the Lord can.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
So where does this salvation come from? It comes straight from the Father by virtue of Christ Jesus and all he accomplished in our stead, causing for the Father to look upon us who are in Christ as he looks upon Christ. Salvation belongs to the Lord, and there is a three step sequence to the salvation provided and originating from the Lord that can be portrayed throughout the Bible which we’ll talk about soon.
Before we do, I’d like to point out a few different ways that the Holy Spirit has preserved different usages of the Lord’s Salvation. If we slow down a bit in our studies, and look at the way a particular verse is structured, we find that subtle differences can change our entire outlook concerning a piece of scripture. Doing this in our studies when we stumble across the word salvation, we’ll notice that the context around this word changes from time to time.
This is a salvation that you can find all over the Old Testament. There are over one hundred verses in the Old Testament alone concerning this, and many of those verses speak of two different types of salvation. For example in Psalms we read about God’s salvation:
5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honor and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
God’s salvation isn’t to say that God needed salvation, but means that salvation is his to distribute. Salvation is his; just as righteousness, strength, power, truth, and dominion are his. Salvation can come by way of a physical sense, and also a spiritual sense. These days we are more familiar with the spiritual sense, obtaining God’s salvation through Christ Jesus.
But there will come a time when we will need to depend on the physical aspects of the Father’s salvation power. The same that all of the prophets of old needed to depend on. One of the best examples would be the prophet Elijah. Who trusted in the saving power of the Lord to deliver him from the hand of the powers of his day, and also to back him up during the showdown against all of the priests of Baal in 1 Kings 18. Such is God’s salvation toward those whom he gives it.
Keeping ourselves in the book of Psalms we read about David speaking of the salvation given by God, referring to it as his salvation. There are 17 different verses that David uses the specific term “my salvation”, but from those I’ll give you four of them.
2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
So from these two different ways to consider the usage of salvation, we understand that it belongs to the Lord God. It is not something that comes from us nor is it something that we are born with. It is a gift straight from the Father, and is given to us as we receive his Son as our personal Lord and Savior. At that moment, his salvation is transferred from himself through Christ Jesus, directly on to you. Through the blood of Jesus, we are saved, preserved, delivered, redeemed, sanctified, and snatched out from the hand of the Devil, and translated into the hands of both Jesus and the Father. Into his family, and into his Kingdom.
10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Three Aspects to our Salvation
When it comes to the salvation that we are wearing as a helmet, there are three different tenses that we must remember concerning salvation in our daily walk against the wickedness of this world. Derek Prince does a wonderful sermon concerning salvation that you may find doing a YouTube search. The name of the particular video escapes me at the moment. But he brought up a very important nugget of knowledge. And I will quickly discuss what he pointed out during this sermon concerning our salvation.
We were saved the day we called upon the Lord Jesus and received him. That aspect is given as past tense. This is very important as one of the darts or sword strikes from the enemy that attempts to re-convert you back into the world is through doubt of your salvation. Doubting what the Word declares about you and salvation is to doubt God’s Word, yourself, etc..
You stand against this by bringing into your remembrance all of the goings on that lead you to Christ. Remember what it was like immediately afterwards, and you find in the scriptures, that you are indeed saved by the grace of God by believing in and receiving Christ Jesus into your heart. He who the Son sets free is free indeed, so know without a shadow of a doubt that you were saved.
Not only were you saved way back when (place your date here), but you are just as saved now as you were then. You’ve been in a continuous state of being saved ever since you were saved. Psalm 97:10 says that he preserves the souls of the saints. We are saved. That’s the current tense. That’s meaning right now, you are just as saved as you’ve ever been, and just as saved as you ever will be.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
1 Corinthians 1:
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 15:
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved😉
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not only were you saved, but you are saved! You will always be bombarded of what you’ve done to not ever deserve salvation. The fact is you don’t, neither does anyone else. But you are not saved because of how good you are or by your righteousness. You are saved because of how good God is and by his righteousness.
Shall be Saved
Not only were you saved, not only are you saved now, but you shall be saved in the days ahead all the way past the finish line.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
1 Corinthians 3:
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
There are some that contest the notion that once you’ve been saved that you’re always saved. It is actually a great point of derision within the Body of Christ. Does John 10:27 refer to all men except the one being held? Any man, and furthermore no man, is able to remove you from his hand according to that verse.Is salvation something we’ve earned? Isn’t it a gift to us from the Lord? The answer is no, we haven’t earned one shred of it, and yes it is a perfected gift that came directly from the Lord, as it is his to give.
The Bible has a thing or two to say about God’s attitude toward his giving of gifts. And when it comes down to what man has to say about something, verses what the Lord has to say about something, I find it necessary to go with what the Lord has to say about it.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
If the Lord has seen fit to give you salvation as a filthy no good sinner, why would you think that he would repent of it because you didn’t do this, or continued to do that? Is God into abortion now? Create a new born spirit then kill it because of disobedience? No, that’s not Jesus.
Does that give us license to sin? Read the book of Romans and Paul will be the first to tell you, by no means is that what being saved means under any circumstance. We will pay the consequence of our sins right here if we continue to dwell in them here on this earth and do not repent. Also at the same time removing chances and opportunity of eternal rewards. Despite how it may feel, none of us have an abundance of time here on this earth.
The more time we spend in sin as saved members of the Body of Christ, the less time we have to do the works that he’s put before us which will yield his reward. Also this gives room for the enemy to ruin your life as much as you’ve allowed. There is a terrible time coming for those who have squandered the entirety of their walk with Christ after receiving God’s sure salvation. And that would be the task at hand in the final day. Perhaps I’ll do up a post about that topic in the future.
Be sure in the stability of the salvation of the Lord in Christ Jesus. As we move onward wearing the Whole Armor of God, wear the Helmet of Salvation in confidence of what the Lord has done, is doing, and will do. All of the attacks on the mind can be thwarted by the knowledge that it’s not a salvation that comes from you, but a perfect work of the Lord God Almighty himself, distributed to those who have called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.
Salvation is victory over the evil one only through Christ Jesus. It is because of our salvation, that we come boldly toward the Throne of Grace, it is because of our salvation that we have been given authority to trample snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. The more secure you are in and of your salvation, the bolder in the Lord you become in the face of your unseen enemies, and the more of a threat you are to the Kingdom of Darkness and all of the strongholds therein.
Whole Armor of God Study Navigation
The links below are in the Biblical order given for each piece of God’s Armor found in Ephesians chapter 6. I try to stay somewhat consistent with these pages, so the order that these pages were completed reflect the same pattern.
- Whole Armor of God Introduction
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