Cover your heads!
The helmet of salvation is the piece of the armor of God that is meant for the head. It covers your head in the day of battle against Satan, the enemy of souls.
The helmet forms the first line of defense of the head against false doctrines. It protects the understanding from being darkened, and the judgment from being confused by any temptations or subtle arguments of Satan.
“Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mat 26:41)
The crest and other parts of the warrior’s helmets used to be adorned with a great variety of emblematical figures, carrying various prophetic blessings. The helmet of salvation carries amongst others, the words Salvation and Hope. The person who wears it will be prosperous in all his engagements, and always escape safely from battle.
“Praise the LORD, my protector! He trains me for battle and prepares me for war.” (Psa 144:1)
“He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated.” (Psa 62:6)
The hope of conquering every adversary and surmounting every
difficulty through the blood of the Lamb, is as an impenetrable helmet
that protects the head against the cleaving blow of the battle-axe.
As such it is the most important element of all the armor of God.
“For it was by hope that we were saved.” (Rom 8:24)
“Because we have this hope, we are very bold.” (2Co 3:12)
Hope is always the result of a promise. The helmet of salvation is our promise of the deliverance and protection from the past, the presence and the future.
“When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven.” (Col 1:5)
“I am telling you the truth: he who believes has eternal life.” (Joh 6:47)
This hope of continual safety and protection is built on the promises of God,
to which the upright follower of Christ has a Divine right.
“I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people.” (Eph 1:18)
“Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.” (Jam 1:12)
He who carries Christ in his heart cannot be cheated out of the hope of heaven.
“The secret is that Christ is in you,
which means that you will share in the glory of God.” (Col 1:27)
“… because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than
the spirit in those who belong to the world.” (1Jo 4:4)
The helmet of salvation, just like the rest of
the armor of God, is Christ himself, our Savior.