Dr. Oscar T. Moses
W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #6
Ephesians 6:17 (KJV)
The Helmet of Salvation
The fifth piece of armor is the helmet which Paul describes as the “Helmet of Salvation.” The helmet is very vital to the Christian soldier. When one thinks of a helmet it is usually thought of as protective gear for the head. Sports athletes that participate in strenuous physical sports wear helmets. Skateboarders wear helmets, football players wear helmets, and hockey players wear helmets. The purpose for the helmet is to prevent the athlete from serious head injury that can harm or damage the brain and save life.
For the Christian soldier the “Helmet of Salvation” is not a piece of equipment to be discarded. When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about the “Helmet of Salvation” they were familiar with the use of a helmet called the “galea.” “In the book of Isaiah, a description of God shows Him as having put on both the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation. (Isaiah 59:17)”
The Roman Soldier wore a helmet to protect from head attacks against the enemy. All it takes is one blow to the head to render the rest of your armor useless. Paul is relating the helmet to salvation. Here is the very important point. The analogy of the “Helmet of Salvation” is an invisible spiritual helmet to protect the mind against lying (blows) assaults from Satan that attack the assurance of our Salvation in Jesus Christ.
Thought #1: The enemy wants you to doubt your salvation. The helmet helps us fight within the battlefield of the mind.
- What is salvation? (See Exodus 14:3 Micah 7:6-8, and Romans 6:23).
- Think of a bird trapped in a cage and apply John 8:36 and explain it.
- How does one become saved? Give 3 scriptures. See Acts 2:38, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, Romans 5:8.
- Can you lose your salvation? Explain – (See John 10:28) –
- How does 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Matthew 10:22 apply to the Helmet of Salvation?
- What does the helmet have to do with salvation according to 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11?
Thought #2 – Heaven is the ultimate goal for the Christian. The armor to keep our minds focused is the “Helmet of Salvation.”
- How does the enemy attack the mind?
- How do we put on the Helmet of Salvation? Give 3 scriptures:
- Phil 2:5
- Romans 12:1-2
- Hebrews 12:2
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
Thought # 3 – The helmet also protected the eyes of the soldier, enabling him to sustain his physical vision. Likewise, the “Helmet of Salvation” sustains spiritual vision for the Christian solder to keep his or her eyes stayed on portraying Jesus Christ as their example and goal.
- How does Hebrews 12:1-2 and Philippians 3:13-16 support the “Helmet of Salvation?”
Because of Him!!!
Pastor Oscar T. Moses