A Thought on the Word “Salvation”

Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
    from the wells of salvation.

  • Isaiah 12:2-3

I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”

  • Jeremiah 39:18

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

  • Luke 7:50

Salvation: [Isaiah] 12:2; 25:9; 33:6; 49:6; 51:8; 59:11; 62:1-describes deliverance from distress and the resultant victory and well-being. The term occurs most often in Psalms and Isaiah, where it is frequently used along with the word righteousness, indicating a connection between God’s righteousness and His saving acts ([Isaiah] 45:8; 51:6, 8; 56:1; 62:1; Ps. 98:2). This word can be used for a military victory (1 Sam. 14:45), but it is normally used of God’s deliverance (Ex. 15:2; Ps. 13:5, 6). The expressions ‘the salvation of the Lord’ and ‘the salvation of our God’ speak of God’s work on behalf of His people. The expression ‘the God of my salvation’ is more private in nature, referring to the deliverance of an individual ([Isaiah] 12:2; 52:10; Ex. 14:13; 2 Chr. 20:17; Pss. 88:1; 98:3).

  • John MacArthur, John MacArthur Commentary

I have thought about this topic often.  But two things happened within roughly the same week.  A Super Bowl Commercial was on the making of a jingle, excuse me “the next hit song,” to promote a taxi/delivery service’s expansion and discount program, if you pay a service fee.  A few of the jokingly suggested jingles mentioned the phrase that this new program “saves you.”  It cuts it off there.  Does it save you money, time, aggravation?  It really does not explain what it does.  You have to do an online search to find out what it is.  I would say that was poor advertising, but then I have no idea how many hits the company has gotten on their website.

About that same time, I saw the Rev. MacArthur “Key Note” where he usually, as in this case, discusses a specific word.  In this case “salvation.”

I guess I could have started a series on words that can be interpreted many different ways or words that have drastically changed in meaning over the course of my lifetime, but salvation or “saved” is used for so many reasons.  As Rev. MacArthur points out, there are many connotations of salvation in the Bible.  He only mentions a few in the quote, since the NIV uses the word “salvation” 114 times.

My heartburn with the silly commercials is that they make it sound like they are saving you instead of saving you time, money, etc., but that is minor.

Really our bigger issue with much of the people today is that they do not think they need saving.  Many people think when we die, that is just it, nothing afterwards.  Then there are many, even some Christians, or those calling themselves Christians, who think a loving God would never condemn anyone to Hell and we will all go to Heaven.  My question to them in the past is “Then what’s the point of Christ dying?”

When we look at the broad expanse of meanings for salvation, we are saved by God many times over the course of our lifetime.  How many times did an accident on the highway almost happen, but didn’t?  How many times did some disease try to take our lives, but didn’t?  Thinking of something non-lethal, how many times did we think of investing in something that eventually went bankrupt, but we got distracted and put our money elsewhere?  Have you ever written an email and then you found a big mistake, just before you hit send?  When that happens to me, I say, “Thank You, Lord!”

While there is one major act of salvation, Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, there are so many ways that God also does a little bit of saving all along our path, our journey of faith.

How has Jesus “saved” you today?

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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