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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32



"WHAT DOES SALVATION MEAN?"



Pastor Selara R. Mann, Jr.

Exacting Truth Ministries

Definition:

Salvation (n.) - the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.; a state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.

Greek soteria- preservation.



"HOW IS SAVED DEFINED?"



Pastor Selara R. Mann, Jr.

Exacting Truth Ministries

Definition:

Saved (v.) - To preserve a person or thing from harm or loss; to safeguard or preserve

Greek- sothēsē "ye shall be saved" - sozo & sesōsmenoi- "safe" or "I rescued"



Summary:

The term salvation and the words "I am saved" have been tossed around in modern day society as what appears to be at times a justification or excuse for literal wrong and at other times a status symbol in the hierarchy of religious organizations. Very seldom however are the words defined and looked at in origin. As believers, we are taught to hold on to the words for in it is the essence of our hope and expectation of life to come. It is at its very core the very centrifuge and driving force of our belief. However, if our understanding is skewed or lacking as to what the terms actually mean, could that possibly account for our literal lack of result, as written in John 14:12, we as believers were meant to do greater things than even the very One who has given us the option of being saved in the first place.

Salvation literally means the act of protecting from harm, risk, or loss. It comes from the Greek word "soteria" meaning simply preservation. It is the contract that as believers we enter into that saves us literally from ourselves. How? It is a consistent risk assessment to keep us out of harm with the consistent prodding of God's Ghost living within us. So, from an outsider looking in, why does salvation lead to a life free of intoxication with either alcohol or illicit drugs, or a life without fornication, or a life dictated by being financially sound, or a life without rage or anger, etc.? The answer is simple. There is a risk to all of those things. Salvation is simply the process in which the law of sin and death is replaced with the law of righteousness which leads to eternal life and present-day peace. The term saved means to safeguard or preserve; it is derived from the Greek terms sozo and sesōsmenoi meaning "safe or I rescued." It is past tense, indicative of something that has already transpired. It is often spoken however not in expectation of the future but as promise fulfilled. The most accurate use of the phrase will be not in this life, but in the one to come, when our expectation becomes hope fulfilled.



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