The Helmet of Salvation

Literal Interpretation

The Romans had the best helmet of the ancient world. Many other nations used helmets of cloth wrappings, animal hides or bones, or hooves, etc. The Roman helmet had chinstrap, visor, and came down to cover the back and sides of the neck. Officers’ helmets had a ridge on top on which was mounted plumage or some sort of brush, depending on the rank.

The parts of the Roman helmet were: a lining of leather, softened for comfort and good fit; the helmet itself which was a bronze cast for the soldier, or iron alloy for officers; a metal crest for the plume; and a chinstrap. The highest ranking officers had gold and silver alloy helmets for parade dress.

This design protected the head from various angles of attack and was not easily lost during battle.

Spiritual Application

The greatest battlefield is in our minds. This is the area that the enemy wants to attack the most. One key area he wants to damage is our assurance of salvation. We must be on guard on what we let run free in our minds. Satan is very subtle in these areas. He has blinded the world and he will do the same to the unsuspecting or careless Christian. We must have a clear mind to be discerning in all situations. This comes by immersing yourself in God’s word and prayer.

We get the helmet of salvation when we are born-again, but like other pieces of the Armor of God we must tend it, care for it. Just like an uncared for breastplate will become worn or cankered if not cared for, shoes will lose it straps, a helmet not kept in pristine shape will not offer much protection. There are some things we can do in keeping the helmet in working order and Paul gives us some valuable advice:

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

1. Think on these things.

One thing the devil will try to win the battle of the mind is to attack our thoughts. Paul gives us things here that we should be thinking on, so if we see a thought entering our mind that is contrary to these thoughts we can cast them out in the name of Jesus.

  • True: What is truth? Jesus is truth, His Words are truth. We must think on His words and the truth of them.
  • Honest: Isn’t honest just another word for truth? If it were, why would the Bible list it separately? Honest. The Greek is “reverend” or “grave” Whatever is worthy of reverence.
  • Just. Strict justice in all dealings; an upright life towards God and others.
  • Pure. Chaste lives and clean hearts and thoughts.
  • Lovely. Such deeds as spring from love and inspire love in others.
  • Of good report. A life of which no evil thing can be truthfully said.
  • If there be any virtue. Lest he may have omitted some excellency he adds, “If there be aught else which is virtuous or praiseworthy, let these all be the things to which you give your minds.”

2. Do these things

It is not just enough to think about things, we must do them as well.

  • Learned: by instruction have learned of from the Bible.
  • Received: not just in the head but in the heart. A lot of people are only 18 inches from heaven. They know all the verses. The have learned the Christian lingo, but it has not changed their lives.
  • Heard: weather publicly or privately, from the pulpit or in council.
  • Seen: by example in the life of this beloved apostle, do it.

It is a hard course for both teacher and student. The teacher must live a life worthy of following and the student must follow the teacher only as far as the teacher follows God.

Excerpt from Christian Warrior VI: The Helmet of Salvation

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