“Put on salvation as your helmet…”
– Ephesians 6:17a NIV
In the mediaeval era, soldiers and knights wear the best armour to protect their body in battle and defend it from attack. When a soldier is suited up for battle, the helmet is the last piece of armour to be worn. It was the final act of readiness in preparation for combat.
The helmet was vital for survival as it protected the head. If the head was injured, the rest of the armour would be of little use. In the same way, without the right knowledge of salvation, the believer is not prepared for battle.
To stand the wiles of the devil, you must be prepared (Ephesians 6:12). The assurance of salvation is your impenetrable defence against anything the enemy throws at you. Upon believing the finished works of Christ, you received the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).
You aren’t just saved from eternal condemnation, you are justified (Romans 5:1) and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13-14). This assurance that you have received in Christ is a weapon against the schemes of the devil.
An understanding of your right standing with God destroys the lies of the devil. In your Christian walk, there will be times the devil will whisper lies of condemnation, resist him and stand in the truth of Christ that has set you free (Romans 8:1). You will come across false teachings, be ready to give a defence for the hope that is you. (1 Peter 3:15)
Amid persecution, like the Apostles, boldly declare the truth of the gospel. Do not change your confession of faith. While we await the return of the Lord, we must guard your heart with the truth of the gospel. Stay ready and prepared. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
Bible Reading Plan:
John 7:1-13, 1 Peter 4:12-19, Song of Songs 7, Lamentations 2