Salvation is All Inclusive
If I were asked to pick the top ten things that God has given to us and what they mean to me, I would start with the revelation of what my salvation really includes. Sozo is a word for salvation and it is an all inclusive word. The Bible warns us not to neglect our salvation. Hebrews 2:3 says ”How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation.” So, we are not to neglect our salvation and we are to find out all that is made available to us when we receive salvation.
First, let me say salvation is a person and His name is Jesus. It is the will of God that all men be saved according to I Timothy 2:4. That verse also goes on to say that all men are to come to a knowledge of the truth. One of the greatest truths is all that salvation includes. Before we enjoy all that salvation is, let’s remind ourselves how salvation comes. Ephesians 2:5-8 clearly tells us that salvation is by grace. Salvation comes to us by faith, by trusting in Jesus and salvation is a free gift. Romans 10:9-10 tells us the things we must believe before we receive salvation. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was raised from the dead. Then we must have that belief two places: in our heart and in our mouth. Most people understand the new birth part of salvation where we miss hell and make heaven, but I want you to clearly know that is just the beginning of you salvation.
The word Sozo means to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, saved (self), do well, be made whole. Even the old Testament word for salvation has these things in it. The word “yasha” means to be open, wide or free, to be safe, bring salvation, save, get victory. Wow! Our salvation is all inclusive.
We are delivered! II Timothy 4:18 says the Lord will deliver me from every evil work. We are protected! IIThessalonians 3:3 (NIV) says But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” Psalms 91 is all about our protection. Protection is yours because it is part of your salvation. We are rescued! Jesus rescued Peter as he was sinking. In Matthew 14:30 Peter literally said Lord Sozo me and that is exactly what Jesus did and that is exactly what Jesus will do for you and I today. We are healed! I Peter 2:24 clearly tells us that Jesus took stripes for us that we would be healed. He took our infirmities and He bear our sicknesses and diseases. We are saved from sickness and disease. We are doing well! It is part of your salvation to do well in life. The blessing of the Lord will make you rich and add no sorrow to your life (Proverbs 10:22). Galatians 3:13-14 tells us Jesus became a curse so the blessings of Abraham would come upon us. We are made whole! God cares about you, the total person. He has made you whole spirit, soul, and body (I Thessalonians 5:23). Your salvation is all inclusive so enjoy and walk in all of it. Jesus paid a high price for us to be saved and we should receive all that He has for us.