What Does the Word “Saved” Really Mean?

We have updated and improved this post on our new expanded website.
Please click here to go to ProclaimingGodsWord.com to read our three-part series
on the meaning of “saved” and the meaning of “sozo.” 

We’re moving to that website so that we can cover many topics in addition to the subject of healing. We look forward to seeing you there!


I grew up in a traditional Baptist church so I learned very early that to be “saved” meant that I would go to heaven if I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  That was, of course, true.

What does sozo mean?But it was only after I began to examine the Hebrew and Greek words in scripture, that I learned that “save” meant much, much more than I thought it did.

Let’s begin with an example in the Old Testament, which was written in Hebrew.  Isaiah 35:4 is a passage that contained a prophecy about the Messiah to come.  Jesus even referred to these verses in Matthew 11:4-6.

Isaiah 35:4 says,

“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.”

In order to examine the word “save” in this verse, I’ll use my Strong’s Concordance.  First, I look under “S” for “save” and then down the list of the books of the Bible for Isaiah 35:4.  I see the reference numbers 3467 and remind myself that I am in the Old Testament, so I must find number 3467 in the HEBREW section in the back of the concordance.

Number 3467 is the Hebrew word “yasha” and it means “to be open, wide or free; to be safe; to free, avenge, defend, deliver, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring salvation, save, and get victory.”  Wow.  Now the word “save” takes on new meaning.  This isn’t a word that just applies to the distant future when I go to heaven.  It carries power for the here and now.  It promises deliverance for me and rescue for me and victory for me NOW.

And here is something even more interesting.  As I was looking up Hebrew #3467, I happened to see #3444. That word is “yeshuwah” and is taken from #3467. The meaning given for #3444 is “something saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, help, salvation, and welfare.” The meaning is almost the same, except you see that health and prosperity has been added.

I’m not sure why #3467 doesn’t have health and prosperity in its meaning as well, since #3444 comes from it.

Remember that Jesus’ name in Hebrew is Yeshua.  (I’ve spelled His name “Yeshua” although there are various ways to spell it using English letters of the alphabet.)  Jesus’ name means “to save, rescue, preserve, and get victory.”  Every time I use the name of Jesus I proclaim a complete victory in my earthly life as well as the certainty of spending eternity with Him in heaven.

Now let’s find the word “save” in the New Testament.  Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” When I look up “saved,” I see the numbers 4982. I remind myself that I am reading in the New Testament, so I must turn to the GREEK section in the back of the Strong’s.

Number 4982 is the Greek word “sozo” which means “to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, and be made whole.”

Very clearly we see that “sozo” includes healing, doing well, and being made whole.  What I have done is to go down the list of every place in the New Testament where the Greek word “sozo” was translated as “save.”  And in the margin of my Bible I’ve written “heal, do well, make whole.”  Then whenever I read the verse, I say the whole list of meanings rather than just “save.”  I can’t tell you how much this has helped me to grow my faith.

The Holy Spirit has so much to tell us in the precious Word.  It’s never too late to get started digging in deeper and deeper.

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  1. LaStartz January 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Dear Anne,

    What a blessing, I just “happened” upon this in my search of SOZO. Your post blessed my heart; not just the meaning but your personal explanation. I love studying the Word and have come to realize that every word was so perfected placed that I’ve begun to study Hebrew and Greek (very amateurishly so far) it’s fascinating and quite like an adventure that just keeps going and going. I thank Him for blessing me through you today.
    Thank you for taking the time to post.

    • Anne January 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Hi, Lisa, Thank you so much for your gracious comments.

      Isn’t it exciting to start digging into the Greek and Hebrew? It opens up a whole dimension to the Word of God for us.

      There are two books I want to tell you about that you may really like. They are available on Amazon. Both are written by Rick Renner. The first is “Sparkling Gems from the Greek, Volume 1” and the second is “Sparkling Gems from the Greek, Volume 2.” My Volume 1 is dog-eared, worn, and underlined throughout. Volume 2 just came out late last summer, and it is on its way to being just as well-used.

      Pastor Rick Renner is a Greek scholar, and he has written these two books in a daily devotional format. Therefore, each segment is relatively short. He takes a verse and explains Greek words in that verse. It is fascinating. SO easy to understand! These books are not just devotionals to encourage me every day, but they are major resource books in my library.

      Let me say again how grateful I am that you were led to this website. I want to take this opportunity to let you know that we have started another website called ProclaimingGodsWord.com. This post has been substantially updated, so please click here to read it: http://proclaimingGodsWord.com/sozo-meaning. Please share your thoughts there, too. I’d love to have any suggestions about topics you’d like us to cover there. On ProclaimingGodsWord.com, we’ll have the full range of topics about the Word available to us instead of being limited to the topic of healing.

      We’ve also got a Youtube channel: Youtube.com/c/ProclaimingGodsWord. If
      you haven’t been there, take a look at our videos. We will soon be adding more videos, too. If you’ve got a topic for a video, let us know and we’ll add
      it to our list.

      Many blessings to you,

  2. Angel December 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Thank You for this information on SOZO – “It is finished”!!! Praise Jesus forever & ever!!! When I learned (and believe that I am still learning) what ALL He actually did on the cross & ALL THE WAY FROM HIS BIRTH to His REBIRTH! That makes me want to Praise Him & Thank Him every day with EVERY BREATH!!!!!!!!! SOZO!!!!!! The TOTAL PACKAGE!!!! EVERY NEED we would Ever FACE, the provision is already DONE, we just have to BELIEVE!!!!!!

    My question to you is this…I have a family member that is sooo FEARFUL of being deceived that when I try to share these deeper revelations with her, she comes back with a firm warning of “occult” & it breaks my heart…I am younger in Earth years but LOTS of people tend to think that if their walk is longer in Earth years that they have more Wisdom than you do…for instance I was just Born of The Spirit last year, even though I confessed Jesus as my Savior when I was 12, I did not “make Him LORD” until last year & then was given my New Birth!!!!! Absolutely Amazing to be set free from the LAW that had me bound!!!! The Son has Set Me Free, Indeed!!!!! I am now a Child of Complete GRACE!!!! Only making Jesus MY LORD & getting the god of “ME” off the throne, allowed this to take place…How can I help others to see SOZO is NOT the devil trying to “twist” God’s word but is THE TRUTH that Jesus did ALL, we can do nothing but BELIEVE & RECEIVE & THANK HIM! Being Saved is NOT a ONE TIME thing…Today is the day of Salvation (saved from all the Kingdom of Darkness has to throw at us) EVERY DAY EVERY WAY EVERY THING – crying out to Jesus to SAVE us is for EVERY SITUATION, TRIBULATION, CIRCUMSTANCE, STORM – how can we help people “see” the eternalness of God’s Word? Thank You Sooooooooo Much for all that you are doing & any helpful information you can provide for my “friend”…. TRULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Moderator March 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Hi, Angel, Thank you so much for sharing with us. I’m editing my initial reply to you to make it current with our new website developments.

      We have moved our website to ProclaimingGodsWord.com. And even better news is that I have written an entire post to answer your question. Click on this link to read it: The Revelation of Sozo (Part 3 of Sozo Series).

      Many blessings,

  3. Glen Horne November 13, 2016 at 2:50 am

    So true what the Bible says my people shall go in bondage due to lack of knowledge but the truth of the Word set us free. Sozo so so powerful explained God bless you

    • Moderator November 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you for sharing with us, Glen. We are starting another website soon and are planning a couple more posts on the topic of sozo there. We’ll let you know when it’s all up and running. Many blessings to you!

      Note: New, updated information on sozo is on our new website: ProclaimingGodsWord.com. Please click here to read the Sozo Series of posts: ProclaimingGodsWord.com/sozo-meaning. Enjoy!

  4. prashan tsathey October 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Dear please explain me sozo word related to prospority and fianincial blessing or not

    • Moderator October 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Yes, sozo is related to prosperity. We plan to do a post on this topic since others are interested also. We’ll be posting it as soon as we can. Many blessings to you.

      • prashan tsathey October 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

        Thanks please let me know when you are posting

  5. Delilah Gonzalez October 7, 2016 at 2:39 am

    PRAISE GOD for your website! 1st time heard of this word and upon looking it up brought me to your website. Can’t wait to learn more THANKYOU!

    • Moderator October 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Hi, Delilah,

      We are so happy that you found us. Understanding about sozo is a powerful revelation that will deepen your faith and help you walk in victory and joy.

      Please take a look around our website and be sure to get the free Scripture cards. They are very simple in style (on purpose), but they make handy bookmarks or messages to post on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.

      Many blessings,

  6. Larry July 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I have been listening to many messages from Andrew Womack and have gained a stronger knowledge of healing. I just stumbled on your site through a google search of Sozo! Your site is awesome and I’ve already forwarded it to a few people and will continue to do so. Such great information with just a click!!
    All this could not have come at a better time. In Feb 2016 my daughter was diagnosed with Glioblastoma level 4 brain cancer. The doctors said the expected life expectancy is about 1 year! On 3/2/16 she had surgery to remove the tumor and she has declined Radiation and Chemo and is healing naturally through a Macrobiotic diet. We believe she is healed have been PRAYING the scriptures that you and Andrew have shared. We have spoken to our mountain and Praised God for healing! My wife and I have witnessed a miracle healing on our Daughter. She had an MRI on 5/2 and 7/22 and both were clean with no growth and no sign of cancer. I pray many will come to understand the powering the name of Jesus and what he has provided for us!!!!

    • Moderator July 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      What an awesome testimony, Larry! Your comments will help many people who are looking for hope and for guidance. Thank you so much for sharing with us. God is so magnificent! His Word is true and He is faithful to perform what He has declared. We have to dig in, learn what His will is, and enforce the Word with all our being.

      Thank you for letting us know that you were lifted and encouraged by our website. That is so encouraging for us to know.

      Many blessings to you, your wife, and your daughter,

    • Robin July 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Larry, this is a tremendous testimony from you! I, too, thank you for sharing, as it has also helped me greatly. Your words are of such inspiration. Jehovah Rapha is the healer for your dear daughter, and His mighty power is evident in her life. We praise, honor and glorify Him for the flowing of His blessings. Your daughter has been healed in the name of the Almighty Jesus!

    • Gina August 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Glory to God and thank you for your testimony about your daughter . I stand in agreement knowing his us our healer . God bless you

  7. Debra June 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hello! I am hoping you can clear something up for me. Romans 10. Those who call on thr name of the Lord shall be saved. How can they CALL if they have not believed? So the people doing the calling have already believed. So we know from Eph 1:13 they heard, believed, and at that moment were sealed with the Holy Spirit. So the “callers” are saved from hell. So when they are CALLING to be “sozo”, could this mean delieverance from sickness, trouble, etc. Here and now? Thank you.

    • Moderator June 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Hi, Debra,

      Much of Romans 10 is all the same topic of salvation. When Paul wrote his letter, he did not use chapter and verse designations, but just let the words flow as we do when we write a letter to someone. Sometimes our topic is one in which we are talking sequentially, but other times we spend many paragraphs talking about the same thing in different ways.

      In Romans, Paul quotes some passages from the Scripture of his day, which was what we refer to as the Old Testament. For example, verse 11 refers to Isaiah 28:16.

      The verse you mentioned (verse 13) comes from Joel 2:32. Every person who is unsaved must call on the name of the Lord in order to get saved. In our pre-saved state, someone brings the Word to us (verses 14 and 15), we then realize that we are sinners, and we call out to God. Verses 9 and 10 tell us exactly what to do — to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead. And then (as verse 17 tells us) we spend time in the Word of God to increase our faith.

      Since the word used for “save” in verse 13 is sozo, I expand that verse to say, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, healed, delivered, and made whole.” When I was saved when I was thirteen years old, I did as verse 13 says to do by calling on the Lord for my salvation. Now that I am a believer, I can continue to enforce verse 13 by calling on the Lord for healing.

      I hope this answers your question. Thanks for sharing with us.

      Many blessings to you,

      • Nicole July 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm

        Hi, I have come to know this word Sozo recently in my christian walk after 23 years of following Him. The fullness of this word needs to come alive into our minds and spirit. Most of us have got the meaning of the saving of our Souls and we grasp the healing part of it to a degree. But where is the operating POWER of deliverance? I believe Healing and deliverance go hand in hand. Why are we not seeing the FULL outworking of this when we come together in our place of worship. Gods people are still in the dessert they are saved BUT they haven’t got the fullness of the promise; it is an incomplete salvation. We need to be open Wide like you said Free! Delivered! Cry out God’s people! Cry out! Sozo, Sozo, Jesus, Jesus son of David have mercy on me, have mercy on me, Sozo, Sozo. if we are limited in any area of our life we need deliverance except if it is the thorn in our side that is required as in 2 Corinth 12:7. We are to be the shining light of Jesus (Sozo) in the world but some of us are dim lights in other words there is something restricting the level of brightness that we shine. Different light globes have different brightness because there is a film a cloudiness that prevents it’s shine, the shine is there but there is a blockage. May Gods Mercy come to us and deliver us from all the blockages that overshadow the true light. May we be awoken in our understanding as in Rom 13:11. May the fullness of Sozo be outworked in us daily as in Philip 2:12. Today is the day! Now !!! 2 Corinth 6:2 For God says,” At just the right time, I have heard you. On the Day of Salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is NOW! TODAY is the day of Salvation. SOZO!!! I’m so grateful to God be the Glory! Amen!

        • Moderator July 29, 2016 at 10:04 pm

          Hi, Nicole,
          Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. Understanding “sozo” is, indeed, a life-changing revelation. It makes the Word so rich and full of meaning.

          We are delighted that you found our website, and we hope you will be sure to get your free Scripture cards. They are very simple, but they are wonderful reminders of God’s wonderful promises to us.

          Many blessings to you!

        • Robin July 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm

          Nicole, I appreciate your great enthusiasm! This website introduced me to sozo several years ago, and your powerful comments have renewed my passion for the meaning behind it! Isn’t it quite an eye-opening experience receiving the concept of sozo? Part of our job as believers is to spread the Word, His Truth, and I would imagine you’re doing this even more so after discovering the magnificence of sozo! Thank you for the reminder to me that all need to be aware, understand, and receive sozo.

          • Nicole July 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

            Robin, All glory to God for what He is doing in our lives. Today God was showing me that it is not how big the church is in quantity BUT how Big God is With in the Church that is how BIG is God is our lives, how Big is our God in me, in you. What is the capacity that He holds in my heart. I have been focusing on the saying, “take more of me Lord and give me more of me. Take my horrible nature all the things I also face and give me your character, your purity, self-control , your mind sets, your love for others, your forgiving heart, your strength. I could go on and on and on but the bottom line is I just need Him every moment, every hour every second, every breath. I need more of Him. Have a blessed Day and may He Jesus be our centre of all we do! Im sooooo Grateful Lord, so grateful……

          • Robin July 31, 2016 at 8:28 am

            Nicole, To God be all honor, praise and glory! He needs quality servants, and not necessarily quantity, in the Body of Christ. It’s past time for Christians to step up and really shine for Him. I was just reading from Rick Renner about Christ-like qualities – it’s been my goal every day to be more like Him! “He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30

            We will keep God the center of our lives, our daily focus. Open your arms, and receive all the blessings the Father is giving you for your obedience to the Him. And always remember you are a loved daughter of the Most High!

  8. Shesan Nuel May 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Amazing …..

  9. Kathryn Newton May 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Matt, so very helpful, was just staring to do a study of what Jesus has freely given us and for eyes to see – what He has already given and press into it – not just waiting for heaven oneday (as I heard someone comment the other day she is waiting for retirement or the rapture which ever comes first! – how sad.
    Yes I have done some Sozo Bethel training so know there is so much more to the English meaning of salvation. The Hebrew is also helpful aswell. Thank you so much…..encourage/challenge one another with these words!

    • Moderator May 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Hi, Kathryn,

      Thank you for sharing with us today. It is so important that those of us who have the revelation of “sozo” (and what Jesus has already done for us) are faithful to tell others. We are in the End Times, and it is more important than ever for people to understand their individual importance of advancing the Kingdom of God. Despite all the distractions around us, we need to be ever mindful of sharing the fullness of the Word of God with others.

      Be sure to look around our website, and don’t forget to download the free Scripture cards. They are very simple, but they are powerful reminders to keep before your eyes so you can press into the Lord’s promises.

      Many blessings,

  10. Ini Naidoo April 14, 2016 at 1:21 am


    This has been a blessing to me. Thank you for the explanation and breaking it down. We are actually 100% through Jesus our Lord and Saviour, amen! 🙂

    • Moderator April 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much for letting us know that our post was helpful to you. Many Blessings!

    • nanette griffies April 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you! I too grew up in Baptist church and dif not learn true meaning until I left and got under anointed teaching. I try to share this also

      Nanette lackey griffies

      • Moderator April 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        Thanks for sharing, Nanette. It is always exciting to learn more and more about God’s Word.

        Many blessings to you,

    • Thilo Harding May 19, 2016 at 3:41 am

      Guess what. ..I was doing some research on the word sozo…& came across your response. ..praise God. ..we on the same “page”

      • Moderator May 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

        We are so glad that you found our website. Please take a look around and don’t forget to download the free Scripture cards. They are very simple, but they are useful faith-building tools because you can print them out and post them in places around your home or office.

        Please let others know about us, too.

        Many blessings,

  11. Tyler December 10, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Hello Pastor Buchanan, I’m in need of physical healing. I may have the start of a deadly muscle disease. No diagnosis yet. I’m a baptized believer. I’ve been praying many times a day & reading scripture daily. Do you pray for people?

    Thank You!


    • Moderator December 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Hi, Tyler,
      Yes, I pray for many of the people who come to this website. And our readers pray for each other also. As always, it is critical to pray what the Word says and not what religious traditions have taught us about health and healing. The prayer of agreement is a powerful thing (as Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19), but it can work against you as well as for you. It all depends on what is being prayed.

      Too often, prayers are lifted to the Lord that say something like, “Dear Father, please heal Sam if it is Your will.” The problem with that prayer is that it is contrary to the Word of God because the Word teaches us that it IS God’s will that we be healed. We have several posts on that topic so be sure to explore them under our headings of “Will of God” and “Healing.” You might want to start with this one: http://Godwantsyoutobewell.com/God-want-you-well/

      Please check the list of ministers and teachers shown in our “Resources” section. Some of them have weekly broadcasts of their services on the internet. Be willing to invest the time in listening because they can be a source of great encouragement and also teach you how to stand securely in faith.

      You have told me that you don’t have a diagnosis at the current time. The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy — and right now he is trying to steal your peace and your joy. He wants to keep you in fear. I would suggest that you focus on thanking the Lord that He has already taken every illness on Himself and defeated it on the Cross of Calvary. Study the Word diligently until you are completely convinced that healing is part of the atonement. See our post on that topic: http://Godwantsyoutobewell.com/atonement-includes-healing/

      I will pray that every cell is your body is filled with health and that revelation will be given to you of every magnificent blessing that was given to us through the atoning power of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

      By the way, even though I am an ordained minister, I do not pastor a church. So, just call me Anne.

      Many blessings,

      • Tyler December 10, 2015 at 9:33 pm

        Thank You So Much for your wonderful help Anne! If healing is already done by the Atonement, why is it such a struggle to obtain it or for it to manifest itself in us if we are born again believers? I’m sure it is by the amount of faith one is obtaining.

        Thank You,


        • Moderator December 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

          Hi, Tyler,

          There are numerous reasons that born-again believers struggle to receive the healing that Jesus so freely gave us through His sacrifice for us. Evangelists who travel regularly to non-Christian nations report that healing routinely comes quickly and easily to people as they accept Jesus as Lord. Those people are not bogged down with church traditions of men that have taught for centuries that healing is not part of the atonement because it is selectively granted by God as He wills at the moment for a particular person.

          Please take a look at two posts on this topic — “Why Is It So Hard To Get Healed.”

          Part 1:
          Why Is It So Hard To Get Healed, Part 1

          Part 2:
          Why Is It So Hard To Get Healed – Part 2

          I have also written an entire devotional book on the topic. It is Volume 3 of the series and it is called, “The Power of God’s Word for Overcoming Hindrances to Healing.” Click here to link to Amazon to see the details.

          It takes some effort to change the way we think and the way we speak. God creates with His Words, and He created us to act just as He does. Very few of us understand the power of our words because all too often we are constantly speaking doubt, sickness, and death even though we may think we believe the opposite. But Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth SPEAKS.” (Matthew 12:34) A person may thank God for His healing power and then turn around and talk about “my” arthritis or say “my” cancer is stage 3. That reveals that in his heart, he identifies himself as a sick person who is trying to get healed — rather than seeing himself as a well person who is being temporarily attacked with disease from the enemy.

          Keep pressing in to God’s Word and seek the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Fear must flee in the presence of God’s perfect love, peace, and healing power. The internet is now an amazing source of ministers and teachers who have revelation to share on this topic. Find the ones who speak to you and listen often to build up your faith.

          No matter what diagnosis may come from the doctor, God has already proclaimed His diagnosis. God asks, “Who has believed Our report?” (Isaiah 53:1). So don’t give up. Keep pressing in. Focus on the victory of the Lord’s shed blood.

          I am praying for you, Brother.

          Many blessings,

          • Tyler December 12, 2015 at 2:19 am

            Thank You So Very Much Anne for all of your help Especially your Prayers. Your links are very informative. I have been told by someone previously about the importance of Forgiveness & Hindrances. I have prayed to forgive everyone I could think of that could have adversely affected me in the past. I probably need to read your book on Hindrances.

            Blessings to you Anne,


          • Moderator January 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

            Hi, Tyler. For some reason I missed seeing this comment of yours that you posted nearly a month ago. I’m so sorry.

            You are on our prayer list, and we are believing for your complete healing. Volume 3 on Overcoming Hindrances to Healing lists a number of things that slow or interfere with our healing. Some things are fairly obvious, but others are not.

            This Friday night, Pastor Sandra Kennedy is having a special service that she calls a “Healing Explosion.” It will be live-streamed and begins at 7 p.m. It will also be put in her archives so that you can watch it any time you want to. The website is: sandrakennedy.org. Click the Media tab.

            Please keep in touch.

            Blessings in 2016,

  12. June November 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks a lot for this truth…an eye opener for me…I trust to live on the the true meaning of being saved.

    • Moderator November 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Hi, June. Learning the revelation of “sozo” changes and empowers each of us. Jesus IS the Word of God, so the more we study it, the more revelation we receive of Him. Many blessings to you! Anne

  13. Wai-yee Schmidt November 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for this great nutshell teaching, it brings tremendous revelation n freedom!

    • Moderator November 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you for letting us know you were blessed by this post. Many blessings to you.

  14. Beth October 26, 2015 at 2:04 am

    What church or organization is this website affiliated with?

    • Moderator October 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Our website is not affiliated with any church or organization. Blessings to you.

  15. James October 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for the nugget of truth you’ve shared here. Yes, I for one have learned to change my tenses especially when it comes to my salvation. Not future but past and perfect present tenses. All because of what Jesus did for me and to them that believe at the cross of Calvary. It is His finished work that saved me completely indepent of my work and obedience. It’s all His amazing GRACE!

    • Moderator October 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing that comment with us. The Lord is so good and so gracious to us! Many blessings.

  16. Pamela August 1, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I noticed ,in the Creek , Sozo was listed as, being made whole, where as when the notes were placed in the margin, it was put, make whole. Being made whole is what God does when we go to Him on a continuous bases. We are being made whole. Just thought it has a lot to do with us going to God alone.

    • Moderator August 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Hi, Pamela, Thanks for sharing with us about your study of the word, “sozo.” Sozo is a verb that means to save, to heal, to deliver, to make whole. Depending on the particular verb tense used in any particular sentence, sozo can mean “make whole,” “being made whole,” “made whole,” etc.

      You are certainly correct that everything about sozo is dependent on our maintaining a close relationship with Jesus. When we are saved, the Word of God says that we become one with Him, and the more time we spend with Him and studying His Word, the more we are able to receive all His blessings, including being made whole.

      Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us.


  17. Inez Elliott July 1, 2015 at 11:25 am


    • Moderator July 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

      I’m so glad you were helped. Revelation knowledge is a precious and wonderful gift. Blessings to you!

    • Esther H. Cade July 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

      I was studying on healing scriptures and the word save, got my attention I looked up the word save in the Greek, and read all the meaning of save in the Greek. I said wow bless the name of our Lord, all of this is in our salvation package. SOZO blessed me to know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, he doesn’t change. From now own I will dig deeper in the Word of God

      • Moderator July 28, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Hi, Esther,

        Isn’t it exciting to get new revelation of the Word?

        It’s great that learning about sozo has stirred an interest in exploring the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the Word of God. One of best tools to do that is the Strong’s Concordance. Check out our post that shows you how to use it:


        Blessings to you!

  18. Apple June 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    June 20,2015
    I am reading a book by Larry Huch on the 7 Places Jesus Shed His Blood and the word “sozo” got my attention. I googgle the word and your website appeared. I’m really excited to learn the meaning of “sozo”, it’s so vital to my Christian growth and wholeness in the Lord. I am forgiven, healed, delivered, prosperous, blessed, set free, and I’m walking In the authority and power of “Sozo”!!! Thank you so much for sharing the post. I will continue to trust God and keep the faith. Amen!!

    • Moderator June 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Isn’t it glorious that, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are saved, forgiven, healed, delivered, prosperous, blessed, set free, and walking in the fullness of everything that He is? What a precious gift it is to have that revelation and to walk in that truth and understanding. Many blessings to you!

  19. Tom June 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I live in Ireland and googled the word sozo only to find this website. I have only come into the revelation of Kingdom life here on earth as it is in heaven. That means we can do the works that Jesus did.

    Jesus said of himself in John 5:19, “the Son can do nothing of Himself.” He had set aside His divinity. However he did miracles, hearings, deliverance……as man in right relationship with God because He was setting forth a model for us, something for us to follow. Isn’t that amazing! God bless, Tom

    • Moderator June 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Hi, Tom. It is indeed amazing that “as He is, so are we.” Until we learn to recognize the Greek word “sozo” in God’s Word, we don’t truly understand all that Jesus died to provide for us. He showed us plainly that we are to do the things that He did (“and greater”). If ever there was a time for us to rise up and BE the Body of Christ, it is now in these ever-increasingly turbulent days. Blessings!

  20. nanette lackey griffies June 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Love this verification of word that had been dormant in me. Denominational church had “numbed” it.
    Thank you.

    • Moderator June 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

      You’re welcome, Nanette. What a joy it is to receive revelation of God’s Word! Blessings to you!

  21. Antonio June 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Awesome! Bless You in Jesus Christ name Amen

    • Moderator June 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

      And may the Lord bless you abundantly with His peace, love, health, and wholeness!

  22. Brian Mann May 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Great word my friend. Thanks for sharing it with the world

    • Moderator May 16, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Brian! We appreciate you! God bless you.

  23. Gary April 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    April 23,2015 at 5:30 am

    In the early morning while asleep I kept hearing the work SO ZO, SO ZO.

    I also was delighted to find your web site. Thank You for allowing the Holy

    Spirit to speak through you. I am a 59 years old child of GOD! (JESUS)


    • Moderator April 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Hi, Gary. We are so delighted that the Holy Spirit revealed sozo to you and that we were able to give you more insight about it. Let us know if you have any questions or other topics you would like for us to discuss. Many blessings, Anne

  24. Gail Tompkins April 9, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Thank you so much for your insight. My pastor was speaking about the word “Sozo” last night at our healing meeting, and I had forgotten some of what he said. I “Googled” the word and came across your website. God bless you and your ministry. Gail

    • Moderator April 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Gail, for your kind words. I’m so glad you found us. Be sure to download the free Scripture cards we have for you. They are great to use a bookmarks in your Bible or to put around your house where you will be sure to see them. It helps to say those verses out loud to speak the Word of God over your life.

      Many blessings,

  25. Bev March 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Now I have a much better understanding of what sozo is. Thank you for explaining what it is in simplistic terms

    • Moderator March 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Bev!

  26. Patricia Damico March 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for the clarity of this simple word sozo….simple and oh so powerful. ..amen

    • Moderator March 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      And thank you, Patricia, for visiting our website. Every new revelation of God’s Word deepens our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is returning soon! Many blessings, Anne

  27. Helina February 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I am really excited when I get the prove. I know deep in side I am not only saved from hell of course it is really great but I deep in side feel Jesus come to restore me to his original intent and make me whole . Now I found z proof .bless u

    • Moderator February 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hi, Helina! Isn’t it exciting when the Word of God comes alive with new revelation? I’m so glad you have joined us here at GodWantsYouToBeWell. Be sure to get the free Scripture cards that we offer. I refer to mine often. Many blessings, Anne

  28. Tammara January 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I am watching the 700 Club and a lady was talking about Sozo and stated it’s mentioned in the Old and New Testament in the bible. However, my concordance didn’t list the word. So I grabbed my phone and Googled the Sozo and your site was the one the stood out. Thank you! Your site was very informative and I will definitely look at the word “saved” differently! Here is another way to defeat Satan! God’s word is a POWERFUL TOOL! Again, thank you and God bless you!

    • Moderator January 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Hi, Tammara, Thank you so much for your comments. I’m so glad you like our site. Learning the meaning of “sozo” was a revelation that certainly changed my understanding of the Word of God in a very profound way, and I think that is true for many of us. Thank you again for sharing. If you have any suggestions for posts on our website, please let us know. Many blessings, Anne

  29. Joy Caughorn January 8, 2015 at 11:58 am

    This Is So Amazing.. I Love It. I Just Want To Learn Everything.. I Love Reading My Bible

    • Moderator January 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Hi, Joy, Isn’t the Word of God exciting?! Digging into the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the words make the Word of God shine brilliantly with Divine revelation. It reveals God’s heart to us in new and vibrant ways. We hope you will continue to visit us. Please make suggestions about the things you would like to discuss. Blessings for the New Year, Anne

  30. Carolyn hurst January 8, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I really enjoyed reading every one needs a book with Hebrew-Greek dictionary and the knowledge to use it. Some of the words have been changed over the years of revising I have really enjoyed “saved”

    • Moderator January 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thank you, Carolyn. It is so important to know EVERYTHING that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died to give us so that we can receive it and walk in it. And it’s up to us to pass this wonderful Word on to others. Bless you in this New Year! Anne

  31. Overcomer January 5, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Thank you for the meaning of saved and Sozo but showing how you use your concordance and look up words to find a deeper meaning in its original Hebrew or Greek context. I am so encouraged a my church is called Sozo. I always thought I knew what it meant but now I understand that it has a deeper more accurate meaning. God bless you…

    • Moderator January 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

      You are very welcome. Now, more than ever, we need to dig deeply into the Word of God so that we may benefit from the fullness of the revelation that the Lord wants to share with us. Understanding “sozo” is a vital part of that revelation. Thank you for sharing with us.

  32. mduduzi mpofu December 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Great teachings Sozo affect even my present life not only the life to come in heaven. .l like it

  33. Molly NINAN November 1, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Dear Anne
    Meditating on Romans 1:16, I wanted to know what is the power that is in salvation. Being saved is being saved it is the knowledge but the power? That lead me to google the meaning of salvation in hebrew and Greek and I came to your site.

    I am blessed to reaffirm the teachings that Salvation is a complete package of health and wellness and wholeness and we r to live in the power, yes the manifested power of healing prosperity of joy and peace .

    It is to be our life , a Christian walk ; One of victory , one of triumph against all the challenges and tests that come our way. Walk daily in peace and joy that salvation has given us.

    Yes we need to write in our bible margins to remind us all the meaning of saved as we are so prone to forget unless we sit to study the word every time we sit with the Word.

    With prayers

    • Moderator November 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Hi, Molly,

      We’re so glad that you found our website. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It is wonderful revelation to understand the fullness of salvation. Please come back often to visit us.

      Many blessings,

  34. Saria de Kock October 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Anne, what an interesting site about sozo and healing. I would like to get your books but I would also like to point you to the teachings of Katie Souza of expected end ministries about healing soul wounds. I have already had healing and believe God gives revelations to many of us to heal the body of Christ.

    • Moderator October 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Hi, Saria, I’m so glad that you found us! I hope you’ll take a look around our site and keep sharing with us. God is so good, and He wants all his children to walk in health and victory.

      Thanks for letting me know about Katie Souza. Since sometimes folks don’t see all the posts and all the comments, I’ll repeat what I mentioned with regard to your helpful comments to Mary — that it’s vitally important that believers understand that all people are three-part beings — spirit, soul, and body.

      I think you may be interested in two of our blog posts on this topic:

      I hope that you are able to get the series of The Power of God’s Word (available in paperback and Kindle) and that you will be blessed by them. Volume 1 (The Power of God’s Word for Healing) is also available as an audiobook. Just click on the links in the right-hand column and you’ll be able to see all the options.

      Many Blessings to you,

  35. Tomsy m August 27, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Hi dear how to apply sozo ? Can we say that sozo is a seed of God in us ?

    • Moderator August 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Hi, Tomsy,

      Sozo is not a “seed” that is inherent within us, just as we are not born with the Holy Spirit within us. People are God’s creation, but we are not born saved or with God within us. We must choose to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and then the Holy Spirit moves into our spirit and “sozo” now belongs to us.

      Sozo is an accomplished fact because it was provided at the Cross — salvation, deliverance, health, being made whole. Jesus said that the Word of God is seed that we plant within us. The Word of God contains the word “sozo” numerous times, and it has much to say about what sozo is and how to enforce it in our lives. Most people think of “sozo” only in the way that they see it translated in the King James Version of the Bible — as being saved. They don’t research the Greek text so they don’t know that other Scriptures that refer to healing use the same word “sozo.”

      There are posts on this blog about sozo, and you can also find many ways of enforcing sozo in “The Power of God’s Word” healing devotional series. In the right-hand column on this website, you will see the buttons for each book in the series, or you can go to our Resources tab.

      Many blessings,

  36. Frederick August 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    This was wonderful.

    Thank you

  37. Stephanie July 27, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Thank you for a deeper meaning of the word saved .It’s not just for the future it’s a lot for right now, because through JESUS CHRIST there is freedom and deliverance and health and prosperity all these things are in our Savior if we stay in him and love him and seek him with all our heart don’t put our trust in the things of this earth and don’t lean on the arms of flesh.

  38. namhla February 22, 2014 at 7:04 am

    The first time I heard the word sozo was in 2010. This has grown in my heart and has helped me in my spiritual journey. Last year I named my son Sozo because of the deeper meaning.

  39. Dave Sherry February 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

    In Hebrews 7:24-25 in speaking of JEsus Christ’s eternal priesthood, it says that “He is also able to save to the uppermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Save here is the word ‘sozo.’ To the uttermost in the Greek is very powerful. It means the entire width of all our needs, and out to the very end of our lives. Sozo is salvation for this life now and for eternity! It is a process of coming to Jesus in every need I have, and finding in Him the answer. “For whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be (sozoed) saved, (delivered, protected, provided for, healed, given peace, forgiven.) Romans 10:13

    • Mary Bethell July 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      WOW. this will be a definite help in my discussion with my husband that “.by his stripes I am healed spirit, soul, & BODY. He thinks that the “healing is only spiritual, not the physical body. But “WHOLENESS, completeness. Well-being is EVERYTHING. My body, too!!

      • Saria de Kock October 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        Hi Mary, just happened on this site today. Yes I have also been blessed by the meaning of sozo. I read about the One New Man Bible (a Bible I would very much like to obtain some time) that ‘by His stripes’ also mean to fellowship with Jesus. However I have been listening to the Katie Souza teachings ‘Healing School’ that your body and soul and spirit are 3 parts of you, and that you can be born again but still have wounds in your soul to be healed. It is an awesome teaching with prayers to get healing. Blessings, Saria

  40. Dave Sherry February 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

    John 3:17 is a tremendous scripture in lightof the meaning of the word ‘sozo.’ “For God did not send His Son into the world to to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” The word ‘saved’ is from the same Greek word sozo. God’s idea of salvation is complete; body, soul, and spirit. He wants to sozo the world through Jesus Christ.

    • Moderator February 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you for sharing your revelation on Hebrews 7:24-25 and John 3:17 with us. How magnificent it is when we truly understand what it means for us to be “sozo-ed” by the Lord.

  41. Matt November 10, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    My pastor said this word was used in a unique way for one of Jesus’ healings. Do you know anything about this? He could not remember specifically , but thought it may have been the cripple at the pool. Our church does sozo prayer healings. I cannot wait to let this wash over my thinking and see how it changes me!

    • Moderator November 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

      HI, Matt, Let me look into this, and I’ll get back to you. I don’t know anyone who has received the revelation of “sozo” who has not been profoundly changed. Blessings, Anne

    • Moderator November 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Hi, Matt, I looked up the account of Jesus and the man at the pool of Bethesda. Your pastor is correct in saying that the word “sozo” does not appear in these verses. There are four primary Greek words that are translated “heal” in English. Two of them appear in John 5:1-16. You have brought up such an excellent point that I am going to write a separate post on the different Greek words in order to explain them a little bit. So stay posted! Blessings, Anne

  42. Wendy Freind October 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you Anne for your comments. Recently I have been researching the meaning of SOZO and have found your comments most helpful. Salvation includes so much! Praise Jesus.

    • Moderator October 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Hi, Wendy, please forgive me for responding so late to you. I’m so glad that you found us! Isn’t it wonderful to know about “sozo”? The Word of God means so much more to me now. I used my Strong’s Concordance and went through my Bible to put the full meaning of sozo in the margin of every place where it appears. Now I say the verse in its fullness. Wow! God is SO good to us. Blessings,

      • John October 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

        Thank you soooo much for your study and insight! The Word says we are to be helpers of one another and you surely have helped me!!! I decree and bless you with SOZO!!!!!

        • Moderator October 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

          Thank you, John. And many blessings to you, too!

  43. Sarah October 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to break this down and share it with us!
    Very well done.

    • Moderator October 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      You are welcome, Sarah. Learning about the word “sozo” made the Word come alive for me, so it is my joy to share that revelation with others.

  44. Danica April 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Although I plan on using and sharing your site on a regular basis, I just “happened” upon it this morning when I did a search for the Greek meaning of Saved. I knew there had to be so much more to the word than we are being taught today, and in an effort to learn more about the essence of Jesus I also needed to know the word’s original definition. Thank you for taking the time to bring into perspective an undiluted view of the love God has for each and every one of us! I’m blessed already by our new connection!

    • Moderator April 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Hi, Danica,
      Thanks for your comment. Finding out what “sozo” meant changed my life forever so it is my joy to share this information with others. Every day I learn more and more about God’s Word and continue to be overwhelmingly grateful for the goodness of God.

      I, too, am glad we have made a connection, and I hope you will continue to share your thoughts here at God Wants You to Be Well.

      Many blessings,

  45. Robin November 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Dawn and Brian,

    I, too, was absolutely blessed when realizing ‘sozo’! The magnificant works of our Lord are so powerful and so promising! How can we not shout it from the roottops!

    Blessings to you all. Anne, thanks SO much for sharing the words the Holy Spirit gives to you.


    • Moderator November 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Robin, for your kind words. It is my joy to share how much learning about “sozo” has meant to me.

    • Dorenea November 15, 2012 at 12:54 am

      A Pastor told me that Romans 101:9 doesn’t mean that we will be saved to go to heaven, we must have the Baptism of the holy spirit, fire baptism and the water baptism… How true is this.

      • Moderator November 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

        I have heard some pastors with the same view. However, I believe Romans 10:9 can stand on its own. Water baptism is an outward representation of what has already occurred. Believers are forgiven of their sins when they accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, not when they are submerged. Also, most traditional denominations know nothing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but those believers are still saved. The Lord wants us to have everything in fullness and in abundance. Certainly, embracing all the baptisms is God’s best. Thank you very much for sharing. Many blessings to you.

  46. dawn oliver November 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Oh wow! I have been trying to find the Hebrew meaning of the word Sozo. Thank you so much – especially for Hebrew meaning and the fact that each time I use the name of Jesus I am proclaiming healing, deliverance, full salvation! Glory! I have posted this on fb for all my friends to read! thank you so much!!

    • Moderator November 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Hi, Dawn,

      Discovering the meaning of “sozo” changed my life forever. Isn’t it exciting?!! I got out my Strong’s Concordance and looked up the words “save” and “saved” and “saves” and found the ones that were “sozo” in the Greek. Then I went through my Bible and wrote the full meaning out in the margin. Now when I read the Word, I see the whole meaning. It makes me jump for joy when I really understand what Jesus has done for me.

      (If you don’t have a Strong’s Concordance, take a look at my posts on the blueletterbible website. You can use it instead. I use blueletterbible a lot, but I still like to have books I can hold and turn the pages! That’s the reason I made my devotional books available in paperback as well as on Kindle and Nook. There is something about turning pages and underlining and writing in the margins that makes a book so personal.)

      Thanks so much for sharing your comments here and for sharing these posts with your friends. My prayer is that this site will be an active place for us to encourage and support each other.

      Many blessings to you,

  47. brian October 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Just what I needed to hear. I have been meditating on healing, fullness, etc. believing I need to change my thinking in order to get rid of negative thinking, depression, and fear. I came across your website and this truth is going to set me free. I too am Baptist and we used the word saved only in the context of being saved from sin and to heaven. This changes everything. Thanks so much.

    • Moderator October 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Hi, Brian,
      I am delighted you are getting hold of the meaning of “sozo.” It does, indeed, change everything. Please click on the “Healing” category and read those posts, too.

      I’m glad you found us and hope you will continue to share. Blessings, Anne

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