Staff blog: 'Sozo' - God's perfect plan

There I was, laying in my bed, afraid to even move a toe. I feared the pain would kill me!

Last week I hurt my back. I only wanted to move a footstool when it happened, but that’s how those things always happen, don’t they. I sank to the ground, and just cried ‘help’. My husband helped me get up and for the next couple of days, I had to stay in bed.

It’s in situations like these that our faith is challenged. Jesus is my Saviour, but did I truly believe He is my Healer also?

I remembered what Derek Prince wrote about the Greek word ‘sozo’, that is often translated as ‘save’. The translation obscures the fuller meaning of the word, like healing and deliverance. While I was laying in my bed, I struggled in prayer to dig up the deeper roots of my faith, but I also thanked the Lord for His complete plan of salvation for me. 

This morning I got back to work again. The pain isn’t completely gone, but I’m feeling so much better. The first thing I did, was read today’s Advent Devotional. What a surprise to see the topic was ‘sozo’ . I felt God was telling me: ‘I’ve got my eye on you and I want you to receive ‘sozo’.

You might be in a situation where you feel like I did last week: unable to move, completely blocked, for whatever reason. Please be encouraged by this passage from Derek’s book Bought with Blood which is where the devotional on ‘sozo’ is taken from. Your heavenly Father has His eye on You, too. May you experience the fulness of His ‘sozo’ soon!

What Does Salvation Include?

The Greek word used for “save” is sozo. However, in a significant number of passages in the New Testament, the verb sozo is used for physical healing. The translation often obscures the fact that physical healing is part of salvation.

We begin in Matthew 9:21–22, the story of the woman with the issue of blood who touched Jesus’ garment and was then afraid to disclose what she had done. A woman with an issue of blood, you see, was considered unclean and was forbidden to touch anybody, since that person would then become unclean. So she transgressed by touching Jesus. This, rather than shyness, is why she came forward trembling when she was asked what she had done.

She said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”  Matthew 9:21

What she actually said was, “I shall be saved.”

But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.’”  verse 22

He actually said, “Your faith has saved you.”

Luke 8:47–48 gives us a further insight concerning the woman with the issue of blood:

When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

 Once again, the word translated “healed” is really sozo, or “saved.”

Jesus’ response to her, “Your faith has made you well,” is really “Your faith has saved you.” Jesus, you see, includes healing as part of our salvation.

Now look at Mark 6:56:

Wherever [Jesus] entered into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.

Once again the Greek word for “made well” is sozo, meaning saved. What were they saved from? Once again, the answer is from sickness.

Deliverance from Demons

In Luke 8:35–36 we have the record of the man with the legion of demons. When Jesus cast the demons out, the man became perfectly normal. 

Then [the people] went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They who had seen it told them by what means the demon-possessed man was healed.

Once again the Greek word used is sozo, which means “saved,” this time translated as “healed.” Deliverance from demons has been provided by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and is part of salvation.

I have ministered to thousands who needed deliverance from evil spirits, and have learned by experience that Satan respects only one thing: the cross. You can tell him you are a Baptist or an Episcopalian or a Presbyterian or a Pentecostal, and he couldn’t care less. When you come against him on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross, however, Satan trembles.

Resurrection from the Dead

We move on to Luke 8:49–50:

While [Jesus] was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”

Again, as you realize by now, the Greek word behind “made well” is saved. “Salvation” here is being brought back from the dead.

Appropriating Salvation

So we see that physical healing, deliverance from evil spirits, even a little girl being raised from the dead, are all described by that one inclusive word to save. Salvation is everything provided by the death of Jesus on the cross. In Acts 4:7 the apostles were questioned as to how they healed the lame man at the Beautiful Gate.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to the helpless man, by what means he has been made well [or saved], let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.”   verses 8–10

What produced wholeness in the lame man? Salvation. Then Peter drives home the point:

“Nor is there salvation in any other.”   verse 12

Finally we turn to 2 Timothy 4:18:

The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.

Where the translation says preserve, Paul used the word sozo. He was affirming, “The Lord will save me and keep on saving me.” The ongoing outworking of what Jesus did for us on the cross is salvation. From the moment you believe until the moment you pass out of time into eternity, you are moving in salvation provided by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

Here then, is an appropriate challenge:

How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?  Hebrews 2:3

There are people who actually refuse salvation. They turn it down because they neither want it nor believe it. But multitudes of professing Christians do not refuse salvation; rather, they neglect it. They do not find out what God has provided for them but accept some traditional view, some denominational presentation of the cross.

God drove me to the place, through extended illness, where I had to find out what was included in salvation. I had no other way out.

Perhaps God has brought you to that place, too. You cannot afford to neglect His salvation. Somewhere down the road—and even right now, perhaps—you need it desperately. May God help each of us not to neglect the physical aspect of His great salvation. 

(Taken from: Bought with Blood - Derek Prince) 

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seth

seth

Thanks for the powerful teaching.

16 January 20190:18

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