The Helmet of Salvation
By Shawn Tomlin
Every time, as a kid, I left my house my mom would tell me to put my bike helmet on. I hated wearing that thing but helmets are important. In the full armor of God the helmet is salvation. In a sense, the helmet for a soldier is of great importance, because they could be completely covered neck to toe, but without a helmet the risk of a head injury is there. One blow to the head and the rest of the armor is worthless.
The helmet of salvation, or for our purposes here, salvation itself, acts as a defense against Satan and sin. We need assurance of our salvation. Without that assurance we are wondering blind in the world not knowing if we are saved or not, which is a very dangerous predicament to be in, and opens us up to all kinds of sinful temptations and desires. Without assurance of our salvation the rest of the armor of God wouldn’t help us much. Where do we get our assurance from? The Holy Scriptures, of course! The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith says in reference to Hebrews 11:11, 17-19 “This certainly is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope, but an infallible assurance of faith, founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ revealed in the Gospel” (Chapter 18 Paragraph 2). Our assurance doesn’t come from hope from any man or a warm fuzzy feeling in our tummies. Our assurance comes from our sole authority in all matters of faith, The Holy Scriptures.
As we go out into the darkness of this world we can be assured of our salvation, it’s foundation being Christ’s blood and righteousness.
Another facet of salvation we must realize is this; Salvation is not limited to a one time act of the past or of a future hope. Certainly both of these truths are part of our salvation and how it is achieved and what will it result in for us. Salvation is more than that though. Our salvation is an ongoing state which was applied to us at the moment we were justified by coming to faith in Christ when we were called, and eternally we can enjoy this state in this life now, even before our glorification at the time of our death. Because of the cross, the enemy can’t hold us anymore. Our salvation, and the assurance of it, guards us from it all.
How does our knowledge and assurance of our salvation affect us? Several things happen. We are, in Romans 12:2, to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We, although some more than others may struggle with doubt, will on a greater level than ever before, reject doubt. 1 Peter 1:8-9 says, “and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” Some other effects of our salvation is the keeping of an eternal perspective (Matthew 6:20), an understanding that our victory is already secured (Romans 6:11), not seeing sin as an option because we are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:9), and lastly Psalm 73:25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.” The psalmist had placed all his hope in the LORD as a result of his salvation.
We’ve become ready with the Truth, been covered in Christ’s righteousness, carry the good news of the gospel out into the world, understand the gift of faith and what it does for us, and as we go out into the darkness of this world we can be assured of our salvation, it’s foundation being Christ’s blood and righteousness.
“The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.”