Ephesians 6:17 is part of a sentence that began yesterday in 6:16 that has an important element for 6:17. “ In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Each piece of armor that Paul is instructing believers to put on are to be used at all times in all circumstances. He knew the devil is always ready to attack. Peter knew it also as he wrote in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Being ready means putting on our armor as we endeavor to walk with Jesus daily.
Verse 17 mentions 2 pieces of armor but I’m only going to focus on one today, the helmet of salvation. Why did Paul associate salvation with the helmet in our armor? Salvation is not just redemption but is our protection plan for eternity. Ephesians 1:13 told us “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,” We are sealed for eternity and nothing or not one can take our salvation away from us! This is a blessed assurance or promise from God and God always keeps His promises!
A helmet is essential because it protects your head and your mind. Satan is after our minds. He want to turn us away from godly thinking, confuse, disrupt or distort our thinking. The brain controls the body so protecting our mind is vital for survival. 2 Corinthians 10:5 reminds us that we need to hold every thought captive to Christ. “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” Opinions, false doctrines and arguments against the faith can be overcome with all thoughts captivated by Christ and His truths. Having a firmly placed and active helmet helps us keep our shield of faith in place and solidifies who we are in Christ. We need to think like kingdom citizens. Protecting our minds from attacks of stray thoughts, doubts, letting fear creep in and control us or letting desires over come what we know is right are all things we are vulnerable to without a good helmet. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I can have assurance of salvation for all eternity and be mentally protected from attacks by Satan.
Here are a few verses about how God protects our minds in Christ:
Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,because he trusts in you”. Peace of mind is yours in Christ.
Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Life is yours in Christ.
Colossians 3:2 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”. Heavenly thinking is yours to possess.
1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ” Complete preparation for spiritual battles is ours through Christ.
As you go through today, think about your gift of salvation through faith in Christ. Praise and thank God for this precious gift and how it protects and defends your mind and thinking. Your salvation is sure and true and you hold it for all eternity. Thank you Jesus.
Holy Week -Wednesday. Plots are hatched against Jesus as Judas is lured by officials to betray Christ. Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6. As He looked towards the cross and betrayal which was to come on Thursday evening and Friday, Jesus likely took this day to rest and be with those He cherished on earth.