The Sword of the Spirit

In the soldier image the sword of the Spirit represents the Gospel work of the church. Here is the penetrating, searching, persuasive power of the Gospel as proclaimed by the apostles. A church or believer not proclaiming salvation is a soldier without the sword.

The Helmet of Salvation

The helmet is the hope or anticipation of final salvation, when Heaven’s glory dawns on the soul and we see Christ – the greatest possible incentive to serving Him. Here is the Lord’s emphasis on eternal life, and the believer’s experience of death.