This video discusses what it means to be “saved” in the Gospels.
These are the words on the slides for this message.
“Your Faith Has Saved You”
In the story of the sinful woman who anointed Jesus, he forgave her sins and we read,
Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’
(Luke 7:50 NIV2011)
What does the word “save” mean in the Gospels?
In the story of the healing of Bartimaeus we read.
‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Mark 10:52 NIV2011)
Some translations say there, ’your faith has saved you.’
Including N.T.Wright’s New Testament for Everyone, the Geneva Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
The Message translates that as “your faith has saved and healed you”
In the story of the healing of the ten lepers Jesus says to the one who returned to give thanks,
‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’ (Luke 17:19 NIV2011)
But again in other translations we read,
“Your faith has saved you.”
N.T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone, Geneva Bible 1599, HSCB, Evangelical Heritage Version, Expanded Bible, Lexham English Bible, New American Bible Revised,
And again the Message says, “Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Exactly the same word is sometimes translated “save”, and at other times “heal”.
σώζω (sózó) “I save”
In Matthew 15 x; Mark 14 x; Lk 17 x; Jn 6 x
Greek New Testament
Society of Biblical Literature Edition – Logos 8
English-Greek Interlinear NT
New Revised Standard Version in Logos 8
σώζω (sózó) has three broad meanings in the New Testament
1. TO RESCUE from danger and to restore to a former state of safety and well being
2. TO HEAL – to cause someone to become well again after having been sick
3. TO BRING A PERSON TO THE BLESSINGS OF SPIRITUAL SALVATION
TO RESCUE from danger and to restore to a former state of safety and well being
Rescued from the danger of drowning: Matthew 8:25 and 14:30
Jesus being delivered from death on the cross: Matthew 27:40 (par. Mk 15:30); 27:42b (par. Mk 15:31b and Lk 23:35b); 27:49; Luke 23:37, 39
Being brought safely through a period of danger to life (Mt 10:22 and 24:13 par. Mk 13:13; cf. Mt 24:22 par. Mk 13:20).
More metaphorically, where Jesus is like a shepherd who seeks out and saves the lost [sheep] Luke 19:10
TO HEAL – to cause someone to become well again after having been sick
Healing from diseases or deliverance from demons:
Matthew 9:21 (par. Mk 5:28); 9:22a (par. Mk 5:34 and Lk 8:48); 9:22b;
Mark 5:23; 6:56 10:52 (par. Lk 18:42); Luke 7:50; 8:36, 50; 17:19
Healing in a broad sense of doing whatever is needed to promote physical life and health.
NOTE – it can be unclear whether the meaning is “Your faith has saved you” or “Your faith has made you well” Mk 5:34 par. Lk 8:48; Mk 10:52 par. Lk 18:42; cf. Lk 8:50; 17:19.
TO BRING A PERSON TO THE BLESSINGS OF SPIRITUAL SALVATION – ‘to save’
Being saved includes the gift of eternal life. When Jesus met the rich young ruler, the phrases “Inherit eternal life” = “enter the kingdom of God” = “to be saved”
Being saved includes forgiveness of sin and rescue from eternal judgment. Jesus is to be given that name because “he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)
For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47)
Elsewhere in the New Testament the spiritual is the predominant meaning of being saved.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith” (Ephesians 2:8)
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
So σώζω (sózó) has these three senses which all overlap within “being saved”:-
rescue from physical danger (e.g. storm)
healing from physical illness (Bartimaeus)
rescue from sin (Luke 7:52)
the gift of all the blessings of eternal life
The gospel we preach promises us all these blessings. Jesus said to Zacchaeus,
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
And we receive these blessings now and into eternity by putting our trust in Jesus.
“Your faith has made you well.
”Your faith has saved you.”