The composition derives from an engraving after Maerten de Vos (Hollstein, 1199/1); here the Miles Christianus has been replaced by a woman perhaps intended as the Personification of the Militia Christiana; she stands in the centre holding a sword in her right hand and a shield with the red cross of the order of the Knights of Malta in her left hand. She is standing on a grave stone symbolizing Golgotha; above is the dove of the Holy Spirit, and the Cross behind her, which represents Christs' sacrifice by which he redeemed the sins of the world. This is made clear by the quotation from St Paul's epistle to the Colossians visible on the document attached to the Cross. On either side of the central figure are devils from Hell, which recall those by Hieronymus Bosch; these symbolize the lusts and the sins which threaten the Christians. Among these creatures is Mundus seated on the monster with the four heads as was seen by John in the Apocalypse.