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To most Christians salvation means the “gift of eternal life”, in other words, we are going to Heaven because we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  With that being said, salvation goes much broader, and encompasses not only our eternal realm, but also effects our earthly/temporal realm. 

When Jesus died on the cruel cross of Calvary and said “It is Finished!”  He died not only providing salvation for all mankind, but for the whole being of man; Spirit...Soul...Body!  (1 Thess. 5:23)

     Let’s briefly look at some examples of what we are talking about.  We are all familiar with the Scripture found in  Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” And, Romans 10:9, 10 and use them to lead someone to Christ;  9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

     The Strong’s Concordance tells us the meaning of the word “saved” in these verses of Scripture.  It’s the Greek word “sozo” which means:  to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively).  The same word is also used as to heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.     So to save/sozo benefits us for eternity as well as while  we are here on earth...temporal.

      So let’s look at a few Scriptures using the same word “sozo”:  

HEALING:  Acts 14:8-10 “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being cripple  from his mother’s womb, who never walked: the same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.”  Healed here is SOZO.  Matt. 9:21-22 (whole = SOZO); Mark 5:21-23 (healed = SOZO); Mark 6:56 (whole = SOZO); Mark 10:46-52 (v. 52 whole = SOZO). 

DELIVERANCE: Luke 8:27-36 “They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.”  (v. 36 healed = SOZO which was actually deliverance from devils.)  

RESCUED FROM HARM OR DANGER:  Matt. 8:25-26 “And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  And he saith unto the, Why are fearful, O ye of little faith?  Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”  (save = SOZO);  Matt. 14:29-30 (save = SOZO).

       So we see the New Testament interchangeably uses the word SOZO to mean saved: as being forgiven, healed, delivered and/or rescued.  Jesus provided for us for time and eternity.                                                                

  Pastor Vana

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