“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: For there to be salvation, there must of a necessity be a saviour.
The gospel of Christ carries within it the revelation of God’s saving ability. That God’s saving ability is the gospel of Christ and that is where we have God’s goodness dispensed towards humanity. The goodness of God in the good news of Christ is the saving power of God. God’s love for humanity will be seen and defined in salvation. The question we will now begin to examine is what is salvation? What is the core message or central theme of the bible? Remember, Paul says “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation…” Now, the word “salvation” was translated from the Greek word “soteria”. The word “soteria” implies rescue, safety or deliverance. Whenever the word “soteria” is used, it must be qualified or explained in context because it is not in every context it means rescue, safety or deliverance even though fundamentally, that is what the word connotes but it is always good to subject the meaning of a Greek word to the context of usage. So in salvation a man is delivered, rescued, saved. The word “soteria” is a noun in Greek lexicon; and it is that act of deliverance, rescue or safety. The verb for the noun “soteria” is the Greek word “sozo” which is to save, keep or to rescue (that is salvation).
In James 5:15, the word salvation there was used in reference to healing, “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick…” That word save is the Greek word “sozo” which is the verb of the word salvation. So, in the context of James 5:15, salvation is used there for healing (this is us pointing out the essence of reading words in context). Take note; the word “sozo” (salvation) refers to the action. For there to be the action of salvation, there must be an actor. In other words, for there to be salvation, there must of a necessity be a saviour, why? The saviour will be responsible to save or the saviour will be the one who does the work of saving. So the saviour for salvation will be the actor of salvation. It is from there we have another Greek word “soter” used for the saviour or the actor of salvation (“soteria”). Meaning, Jesus is the soter for soteria; that is, Jesus is the saviour for salvation. Therefore, Jesus is the soter (saviour) for soteria (salvation) who does the work of sozo (saving). Glory!!
INSTRUCTION: Learn patiently.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your unending love revealed in Christ wherewith I am saved and delivered, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The saved man is the delivered; he doesn’t need a deliverance service.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2