…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Save, sōzō … What are Christians saved from?

The meaning of  the word “save” seem obvious.  However, a careful study will reveal what Jesus meant.

Last year, while reading the Bible on the story of Jesus ministering to the 10 lepers, out of curiosity I checked a word that Jesus said to the Samaritan.  He was made whole or well, while the other 9 Jews were cleansed.  What was the difference ?

Luke 17 :11-19 (NKJV)
11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:19 (KJV)
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Luke 17:19 (Young’s Literal Translation)
and he said to him, ‘Having risen, be going on, thy faith hath saved thee.

The word translated as well, whole and saved is  translated from the greek word σῴζω (sōzō) (Strong G4982)

A concordance search of sōzō yields 118 times in 103 verses in the Bible, in verses such as

Matthew 1:21 (NIV)
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save (sōzō) His people from their sins.”

This helped me understand the word ‘save’, as to what it meant to the original hearers of the good news of Jesus.
Indeed, Jesus wants to restore the total person – spiritually from our sins and physically from our sickness, Amen.

Mark 3:1-5 (NIV)
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.
Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath:
to do good or to do evil, to save 
(sōzō) life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.

This is consistent with Jesus finished work on the cross.

Prophesied  in the book of Isaiah

Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV)
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Confirmed and fulfilled in the book of Matthew through Jesus

Matthew 1:21 (NIV)
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save (sōzō) His people from their sins.”

Matthew 8:16-17 (NKJV)
16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
  “He Himself took our infirmities
  And bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 9:21,22 (NKJV)
 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well (sōzō). 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made(sōzō) you well(sōzō).” And the woman was made well (sōzō) from that hour.

Demonstrated in Acts by the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:47 (NKJV)
And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved (sōzō) .

Acts 14:8-10 (NKJV)
And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed (sōzō) , 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

Acts 16:30,31 (NKJV)
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved (sōzō)?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved (sōzō) , you and your household.”

Available now to us after Jesus resurrection in Peter‘s first epistle where he paraphrased Isaiah’s prophecy and the finished work of Jesus.

1 Peter 2:23-24 (NKJV)
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

 David gave thanks and prophesied

Psalm 103:1-5
Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Hence, today Jesus asks us the same question as He asked the 2 blind men

Matthew 9:27-29
27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him.

And Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this?
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith let it be to you.” 


John 10:10 (NIV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Colossians 1:13,14 (NKJV)
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Saved, sōzō i.e.

delivered us from the power of darkness (sin, death, sickness, satan, evil spirits, false gods, lies of the devil),
delivered from thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy

conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
so that we have life, and have it abundantly

by redemption through Jesus blood, the forgiveness of sins

Here’s a sample of how this word  σῴζω (sōzō) is used in the Bible.

Saved from sins

Matthew 1:21
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save (sōzō) His people from their sins.”

John 3:16,17
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (sōzō).

Acts 2:21, 42
21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved (sōzō).’
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved (sōzō).

 Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved  (sōzō) through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Romans 10:9 (NKJV)
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved  (sōzō) 

Healed from sickness

Matthew 9:21-21
21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed (sōzō).
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed (sōzōyou.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Mark 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed (sōzō), and she will live.”

Mark 6:56 (NKJV)
And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed (sōzō).

Luke 18:42-43
42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed  (sōzōyou.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Acts 4:9
If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed (sōzō)

James 5:15 (NIV)
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well (sōzō),; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Delivered from  demons

Luke 8:36 (NKJV)
They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed (sōzō).

One interesting use of this word is used by Paul in reference to evil work against him.

2 Tim 4:18 (NKJV)
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve (sōzōme for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

From the Vine’s expository dictionary-  σῴζω (sōzō) (Strong G4982)

  1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
    1. one (from injury or peril)
      1. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
      2. to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue 
  2. to save in the technical biblical sense
    1. negatively 1b 
  3. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance
  4. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment 1b

Christianese Guide | Healing

by 林弟兄, bro Lim
January 27, 2014

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