The Helmet Of Salvation
23 June 2019, 11:15
A. The Armour of God
1. The helmet of salvation is a part of the armour we are to use for spiritual warfare.
• Eph. 6:14-17: 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
2. All of these items are taken from the Old Testament.
B. The helmet of salvation
1. Paul has taken this from Is. 59:17 as he has the breastplate of righteousness.
• Is. 59:17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
a. God puts on a helmet of salvation, but not as a weapon; nor is it necessary for Him as a piece of defensive armour.
b. For God, the helmet of salvation represents the victory he is waging war to accomplish.
c. In Isaiah’s context the war is against earthly enemies.
• Paul has redefined the conflict in Eph. 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
2. Paul has used this already in 1Thessalonians.
• 1 Thes. 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
a. As in the original context, so here it is not salvation itself, but the hope of salvation which we have as a helmet.
b. Hope is tied to salvation.
• Tit. 2:11-13 11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
C. Take: This verb is put as a command (imperative).
1. Paul gives a note of urgency by the use of an imperative.
a. Paul is not telling them to get saved. They are already saved.
b. In a time of spiritual warfare, it is easy to lose hope. We must take hold of the hope of salvation in those times to guard us.
• Rom. 5:2-4 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
2. Take, here, is not the normal word for taking something, but rather, receiving something. It isn’t only the hope of the future return of Christ that we take. The victory of Christ on the cross is something we appropriate and use to defeat the devil.