We don’t have that much familiarity with many of the items of armour Paul mentions in Ephesians 6 in 2013. However the item we will look at today still shows it’s importance in our everyday life.
It’s hard to deny the importance of a helmet. The Lansing State Journal ran an article on June 23, 2009, about a 36-year-old involved in a skateboarding accident: “It was a death that could have been avoided, officials said. “Paul Maxim, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a skull fracture and other head injuries in an accident June 18 at Ranney Skate Park near Frandor. He died Saturday. “‘A simple helmet would have saved his life,’ said Lansing fire public information officer Steve Mazurek.”
This story stands in stark contrast with an article that appeared in the Manchester Evening News on July 4, 2008: “Savannah Haworth, 11, was knocked unconscious after falling into the path of the car. “The wheels went over her arm and top of her helmet but she escaped with a swollen elbow and bruising to her face. “Her parents say she would have been killed without the helmet and are now urging all cyclists to wear them.” It’s incredible to think that the absence or presence of a helmet can make so much of a difference that a skateboarding accident can prove fatal without one while being run over by a car can be survived with one.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about the helmet of salvation, some of them may have found the analogy to be a familiar one. The Roman helmet, like helmets today, protected the head from the attacks of the enemy.
The Helmet of Salvation protects our mind, where so many battles take place. 1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us that believers “have the mind of Christ.” Even more interesting, 2 Corinthians 10:5 explains that those who are in Christ have divine power to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)