Saved

One of the concepts that gets lost in the English is the nature of what being “saved” is all about. The Greek word for “saved” is sōzō and you would be surprised where it shows up in the gospels.

For example, this word shows up in the woman with the bleeding issue for 12 years in Mark 5 (NASB). I’ve also highlighted the other words that are important in this passage.

25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse— 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His [i]cloak. 28 For she [j]thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will [k]get well (sōzō).” 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power (dunamis) proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?” 31 And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. 33 But the woman fearing (phobeō)and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth (alētheia). 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith (pistis) has [l]made you well (sōzō); go in peace (eirēnē) and be healed of your affliction.

This passage is interesting because it brings together many of the concepts that we have talked about before:

G1411 — δύναμις — dunamis — doo’-nam-is
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

  • Likewise, the woman had fear (phobeō) because of what she had done in secret, whereas bringing it to light brings forth the truth (alētheia).

G5399 — φοβέω — phobeō — fob-eh’-o
From G5401; to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere: – be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence.

G225 — ἀλήθεια — alētheia — al-ay’-thi-a
From G227; truth: – true, X truly, truth, verity.

This is paralleled in many verses in John (NASB)

3:21 But he who practices the truth (alētheia) comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

4:23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true (alēthinos) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth (alētheia); for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [e]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (alētheia).”

8:31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth (alētheia), and the truth (alētheia) will make you free.”

14:6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth (alētheia), and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

14:16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [b]Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth (alētheia), whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

15:26 “When the [h]Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth (alētheia) who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 [i]and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

We analyzed the Phobeo in the context of righteousness and evil in Masculinity is the truth Part 2. The woman did her deed in secret, and Jesus knew. Even though He would have healed her, it was essential that her deeds be brought to the light and that she tell the truth of them. Bringing her deed to light eliminates the fear and allows us to fully walk in the truth.

Similarly, Jesus parallels the truth in regard to himself and the gift of the Holy Spirit to us as believers. We know the truth and the truth sets us free. We bear witness to the truth. The truth is not something we do in secret, but it is something that we show all men.

  • Pistis is the same faith that is discussed in the fruits of the Spirit. I’ve discussed Pistis in regard to Christian masculinity and confidence as well as Anchored Souls. It’s an essential factor to be made well and whole because it forces us to abandon our own strength and to rely on His.

G4102 — πίστις — pistis — pis’-tis

From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

G1515 — εἰρήνη — eirēnē — i-rah’-nay

Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: – one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

It’s really interesting because Jesus is essentially saying to the woman that faith is not something that is internal. It’s something that is external. We must do things in faith (pistis) and believing and keeping it in secret is not enough. It is only in the things we do that we can have the peace (eirēnē) of God. Even if it is a good thing that happened, and it is not brought to light we, like this woman, will have fear. But once the truth is brought to light there is peace. The fruits of the Spirit are things that are done

James 1:22 (NASB) But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

  • Now, going back to what this post was originally about: sōzō.

G4982 — σώζω — sōzō — sode’-zo

From a primary word σῶς sōs̄ (contraction for the obsolete σάος saos, “safe”); to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

This is obviously a direct parallel to salvation.

Matthew 1:21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [w]He will save (sōzō) His people from their sins.”

Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved (sōzō).

Matthew 16:25 For whoever wishes to save (sōzō) his [a]life will lose it; but whoever loses his [b]life for My sake will find it.

Matthew 18:11 [[a]For the Son of Man has come to save (sōzō) that which was lost.]

Paul expounds upon this in Ephesians 2 (NASB)

5 even when we were dead [f]in our transgressions, made us alive together [g]with Christ (by grace you have been saved (sōzō)), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved (sōzō) through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

Our faith is not something we can hide and still be saved. I’m convinced that this is why one of the few things that Jesus commanded for believers which is to be baptized is to be in public. It is a public declaration of faith of our trust in Him. The truth in our lives must be brought to light, otherwise if it is encased in darkness it is not real.

As I talked about in Masculinity is the truth men who want to live for God are to both speak and do the truth in righteousness. This congruence of masculinity within oneself to words and actions is what both men and women will respect.

This is the importance of being Christian who walk the walk and who bear good fruit from our walk by having the Spirit work inside us.

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9 Responses to Saved

  1. Chad says:

    When you put the greek into your posts, could you include the definition again? I know the older posts covered them in depth, but I need the greek to prompt the memory of what you’ve already covered.

  2. @ Chad

    Reupdated the post with all of the definitions underneath each of the sections that talk about the word.

  3. Chad says:

    Thank you. That makes it much easier to read and tie together your past posts with your current work.

  4. donalgraeme says:

    Great post, as always. What you mention about faith not being able to be hidden meshes perfectly with how James talks about “faith without works is dead.” Once you see faith (pistis) as something external, then you can see it and “works” are just two sides of the same coin.

    I am curious though, is the greek for redeemed similar to saved?

  5. @ Donal

    It’s a totally different word actually.

    G629 — ἀπολύτρωσις — apolutrōsis — ap-ol-oo’-tro-sis

    From a compound of G575 and G3083; (the act) ransom in full, that is, (figuratively) riddance, or (specifically) Christian salvation: – deliverance, redemption.

    It’s only used 10 times in Scripture.

    It’s different from the word saved, but it’s also different from forgiveness, sanctification, and grace. They’re all used in different contexts.

    Redemption refers mostly to is allowed to happen because of Jesus’ sacrifice (e.g. redemption of sins through His blood), while sozo (saved) refers to the state we have through faith and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

    Or at least that’s what I make of it from at a glance.

  6. Wow, we were on the same wave-length yesterday.

    I’ve been doing reading on the Power of Healing, and one of the aspects the author was going over (A.B. Simpson) is the truth that we have to “claim” what was promised us, and *act* in the Faith that it was done. He outlines it in all of the healing shown in the Gospels requiring acts (normally very small) of Faith to claim the healing. This also explains the statement made by Jesus about his home area. Mark 6:4-6.

    On our own discussion, the thoughts of “claiming” the promises God has given puts your Mind & Spirit in a proper place. Simple faith and stepping out in it is all that’s required to claim the Power granted us through Faith.

  7. Doing a little Greek Diving, I think we’re in for a rousing time with the rest of the Fruits of the Spirit.

    Specifically, Patience: http://biblehub.com/greek/3115.htm
    Meekness: http://biblehub.com/greek/4240.htm (which could be read as “gentle-force”, which is a whole lot more practical than it’s normally put out.)
    Self-control: http://biblehub.com/greek/1466.htm
    Gentleness: http://biblehub.com/greek/5544.htm (Which doesn’t actually translate into English well)
    Goodness: http://biblehub.com/greek/19.htm

    But the main key, after looking at that Greek and after my other reading: how much as the “action” requirement of Christianity been stripped? Choices, actions and the Will of God within us. How utterly are these stripped from our understanding of Faith and God’s Love.

  8. Well, I would go through the fruits of the Spirit but they’re all pretty well laid out here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_of_the_Holy_Spirit

    Though, I should really do it anyway…

  9. I think the Fruits are a good place to have a full, laid-out reference. They’re pushed as hyper-feminine and “soft” in most Churches. The Greek puts them in a far different light. While in the feminine (so they are means to incorporate the Church), they are the Power of God manifest within us & are shown by our *actions*. There’s no sense of passivity within the Fruits, which feels like the trap everyone gets into. This isn’t a “State”, it’s an “Action Set”.

    Some of those actions as “not” doing things, but the activity of the *choice* is the key. This thinking is a massive rejection of the passive Christian Faith taught these days.

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