Saved – sozo

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Eph. 2:8) We’ve been saved. What does that mean? The word saved in Greek is SOZO. Here’s what it literally means.

σώζω sōzō
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. Total KJV occurrences: 110

By grace we have been healed, preserved, saved, made whole, done well!

Here are verses where God saves:

Matthew 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matthew 8:25  And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Matthew 9:21  For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

Matthew 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 14:30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Luke 8:36  They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

Luke 8:50  But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

Luke 9:56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Acts 14:9-10  The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

Romans 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. (Col. 1:15)

Jesus shows us who God is. He healed EVERYONE who came to Him for healing. He never turned anyone away. He never judged someone unworthy. No one had to do something first. You don’t earn your salvation. You don’t have to earn your healing. There’s no work you have to accomplish first. We receive salvation. The disciples fearing for their lives in the storm called out to Jesus and were saved. Can you imagine Jesus just leaving them to die? We can’t even imagine Him turning them down when they cried out to be saved, literally saved from death in the storm. Why do we doubt His love and care for us today? God doesn’t change. He showed us Himself in Jesus. 

The Lord has taught me to “live loved.” It means to not worry about anything, which we’re commanded. We’re commanded to not be anxious about anything. Our Good Father knows what we need, knows what’s going on, has the power to do anything, and loves us with an eternal, unbreaking love that’s as big as He is. We don’t live under the Old Testament covenant of sin and death. We are in the New Covenant where we are clothed in Christ‘s righteousness, where in Christ we’ve already fulfilled the law and so don’t live with any fear of punishment for our sin. We have been justified by faith, our sin and the consequences of sin (death and all that comes with it) have been removed. Satan wants us to put ourselves under the curse, not believing in our freedom in Christ. Jesus wants us to believe we are seated with Him in the heavenlies!