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The Helmet of Salvation

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 6:17

and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (ESV)

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Every part of the body must be covered for defense in warfare. Preaching from Ephesians 6:17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asserts that the spiritual application of “the helmet of salvation” is meant to deal with the whole of Christian life. The most common problem we face is that of weariness or tiredness. Paul said to the Galatians, “Be not weary in well doing.” The campaign is long, the warfare is constant, and can cause exhaustion. It is easy to be tempted to discouragement. A classic case is the psalmist looking at the wicked prospering and being tempted to give up on righteousness. The difficulty in life is to keep standing; the danger is to faint of weariness. How do we deal with it? “The helmet of salvation” is not just an awareness, but the hope of salvation for us personally — not something being enjoyed now, but something that is coming. It is the hope of Christ’s coming and all that is contained in that teaching. There are steps and stages in salvation: I am saved, I am being saved, I will be ultimately saved. Whatever the strength and power of the enemy in this fight, the Lord’s is greater and ultimately triumphant. That is our final hope.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:17, New American Standard Bible

17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:17, King James Version

17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.