“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Take the helmet of salvation…” (Ephesians 6:13, 17, NIV).
In Ephesians Chapter Six, the Apostle Paul reminds us that the Christian life is one of continual warfare against our enemy, the Devil. Paul stresses the need to equip ourselves with several strategic pieces of spiritual armor. These include “…the belt of truth… (v. 14)”, “…the breastplate of righteousness…” (v. 14), our “…feet fitted with the gospel…”(v. 15), and “…the shield of faith…” (v. 16). Each of these is meant to protect us from the relentless attacks of Satan.
In today’s passage of Scripture, Paul continues his inventory of spiritual armor with what he calls “…the helmet of salvation…” (Ephesians 6:17, NIV). The very thoughts of our mind must be guarded against the harassing accusations of the Devil, for Satan would love to convince us that he stands a fighting chance in the on-going battle between good and evil. The fact, however, is that Jesus has already won this age-old conflict, and we are the beneficiaries of the salvation Christ gained for us on the cross. We stand victorious through the shed blood of Jesus, while Satan is crushed in defeat.
The helmet of salvation, then, is not merely a piece of battle equipment, but our constant reminder of victory. Satan, I’m certain, hates the look of the Christian in his spiritual attire. So, let’s buckle up, cover up, lace up, take up our shield, and stand up in the knowledge of our salvation. The Devil doesn’t have a chance!