Before I was born again I would always hear people say that they were “Saved”.
I always wondered what that meant.
“Saved”, from what? From who? It never really made any sense to me.
When I would ask I always received the same answer.
They would always refer to the part of salvation that saves one from going to hell. So I gathered that “saved” was saved from going to hell. But, that only sparked more questions. Hell? Why would I go to hell?
I remember learning that the only reason you go to hell is for rejecting Jesus Christ.
I wanted to know how to be saved.
I was asked three questions:
1. Do you believe that Jesus is The Son of God? (Yes)
2. Do you believe that Jesus died on The Cross ?(Yes)
3. Do you believe that He rose from the dead? (Yes)
After I answered these questions I was led in what is called The Sinner’s Prayer.
I repeated this prayer with a sincere heart. I was so happy. I was now “saved” .
For years I had no clue of all my being saved included. I’m so excited sitting here writing this to you I could do back flips. I’m really trying to calm myself down 🙂
Why am I so excited? Because when I signed for my salvation package I received way more than “Fire Insurance” (My Not going to hell policy). I received at that moment all of what salvation included.
Are you ready to have your wig twisted? LOL
Salvation comes from the Greek & Hebrew words Soteria and Sozo.
Soteria & Sozo are the same word-one is the verb & the other is the noun form (in case you decide to research for yourself).
Part of Speech: Noun
Phonetic Spelling: (so-tay-ree’-ah)
Definition: welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (sode’-zo)
I save, heal, preserve, rescue
sṓzō (from sōs, “safe, rescued”) – properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).
Definition given from The Strong’s Greek Concordance
As I look at the definitions I believe that we have had more of an understanding of sozo as it pertains to rescued from the penalty and power of sin but we have not understood soteria deliverance, safety,preservation, healing, soundness and wholeness.
Salvation is the great inclusive word of the gospel. It gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes as:
Justification-the act of pronouncing righteous
Redemption-to buy,to release by paying a ransom price, to redeem
Grace-To be in favor with, unmerited favor
Sanctification- separation to God
Glorification-to magnify, extol, praise
Propitiation-Through the “propitiation” sacrifice of Christ, he who believes upon Him is by God’s own act delivered from justly deserved wrath, and comes under the covenant of grace.
Imputation-“to reckon, take into account,” or, metaphorically, “to put down to a person’s account,
Forgiveness-denotes “a dismissal, release” ; it is used of the remission of sins, and translated “forgiveness”
Gospel-“the good news” itself.
Definitions taken from The Vine’s Expository Dictionary
Whew I’m excited just talking about this. As I meditate The Word of God something new and wonderful is happening in my life. And the same is going to happen for you.
So now when we hear someone say, “I’m saved”, we should hear them saying, “I am delivered, I am safe, I am preserved, I am healed, I am sound, I am whole”.
Because we said Yes to Jesus we got all of what Salvation included.
I wish I could take the time here to go into greater depth on that. Maybe I’ll write the book (wink)
And that salvation is a FREE gift (because we didn’t do anything to deserve it) that came by Grace (God did us a FAVOR) through Faith (It takes faith to receive) in Jesus Christ.
Every time that we confess our salvation to someone we are in fact saying, “I confess, that I am delivered, I am safe, I am preserved, I am healed, I am sound, I am whole.”
Salvation = The Work Of The Cross, The Finished Works of Jesus Christ
My God! My God! My God! Hallelujah!!!!
This is the Good News!!!! The Gospel of Grace!!! The Gospel of Christ!!!!
Are you saved?
Would you like to be? It’s the greatest decision you will EVER make in your life.
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord!
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).
I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
You are now saved and have signed for the package. I with all of heaven now rejoice with you. Welcome my brother! Welcome my sister!
Do you know any one that could use some good news today? Share this Good News with them.