Let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
The most fitting description of the Christian life can be summed up in one word: war. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we see the theme of the “fight of faith.” Did you know that hope can help us fight our battles? The Bible tells us that hope is part of our armor. Ephesians 6:11-17 describes each piece of our spiritual armor in detail, with hope being the helmet that protects our minds.
The most vulnerable part of any soldier in battle was his head. Archaeologists have learned that helmets were “purpose-built” to protect the wearer against the specific weapons he faced. Ancient helmets were pointed at the top, to deflect the downward force of a club. But as time went on and the ax became popular as a weapon, the shape of the helmet was modified to counter the cutting edge of a downward-falling blade. Continue reading