Helmet of Salvation. What is the purpose of the helmet? The helmet protects our head--more precisely, the helmet protects our brain.
17 And take the helmet of salvation.
Ephesians 6:17, NKJV
As we continue this section of Ephesians 6 dealing with the armor of God, Paul tells us to take up the helmet of salvation. What is the purpose of the helmet? The helmet protects our head--more precisely, the helmet protects our brain. Without our brain, our bodies are dead!
Let us not loose the simplicity of what Paul is telling us in this verse. Without true salvation, you cannot be a believer or Christian. Salvation is a personal relationship that each individual has with the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter what we think we believe, without that relationship, there is no salvation.
You may say, I believe in God and that makes me a Christian. You may, indeed, believe in God, but that does not make you a Christian. The devils believe in God, also, and they tremble before Him, but they are not believers. So, what makes one a true believer?
A true believer is, simply, one who puts their complete trust for their salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. They understand that, before God, they are lost and defiled. They cannot stand before His righteousness and holiness. The only cure is death! However, one's own death cannot procure salvation. It took the death of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay the debt of our sins.
When we fall before Christ, confess our sin and unworthiness, and cry out to Him to save us, He does just that. He saves us, and we are forever cleansed from the debt of our sins. From that time on, His Holy Spirit enters our hearts and leads and guides us all of the days of our lives.
Does that mean that we no longer sin? No! While we live on this earth, we have our sin natures. When we sin, however, we again fall before Christ, confessing our sin, and He forgives us. Does that give us a freedom or license to sin? No! The true believer abhors their sin and spends their lives seeking to be more like Christ. That process is known as sanctification.
Just how does a believer become more like Christ? By the grace of God, we spend time reading and studying His Word, the Bible, so that we can grow in our understanding of Him. We also spend time in prayer beseeching Christ to help us and grow us so that we become more and more like Him.
If you are a believer, go today in the strength and power of the Lord Jesus Christ, and take up God's helmet in the salvation He has provided for you. If you are not a believer, go to Christ today. Confess your sin before Him and cry out to Him to save you. He will save you now!