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What Does the Word “Saved” Really Mean?

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.

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.

Greek word sozoRemember 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.

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!  Thanks.

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  1. Kathryn Newton says:

    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 says:

      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,

  2. Ini Naidoo says:


    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 says:

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

    • nanette griffies says:

      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 says:

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

        Many blessings to you,

    • Thilo Harding says:

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

      • Moderator says:

        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,

  3. Tyler says:

    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 says:

      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:

      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:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            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: Click the Media tab.

            Please keep in touch.

            Blessings in 2016,

  4. June says:

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

    • Moderator says:

      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

  5. Wai-yee Schmidt says:

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

  6. Beth says:

    What church or organization is this website affiliated with?

  7. James says:

    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!

  8. Pamela says:

    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 says:

      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.


  9. Inez Elliott says:


    • Moderator says:

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

    • Esther H. Cade says:

      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

  10. Apple says:

    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 says:

      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!

  11. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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!

  12. nanette lackey griffies says:

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

  13. Antonio says:

    Awesome! Bless You in Jesus Christ name Amen

  14. Brian Mann says:

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

  15. Gary says:

    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 says:

      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

  16. Gail Tompkins says:

    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 says:

      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,

  17. Bev says:

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

  18. Patricia Damico says:

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

    • Moderator says:

      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

  19. Helina says:

    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 says:

      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

  20. Tammara says:

    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 says:

      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

  21. Joy Caughorn says:

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

    • Moderator says:

      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

  22. Carolyn hurst says:

    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 says:

      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

  23. Overcomer says:

    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…

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    • Moderator says:

      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.

  24. mduduzi mpofu says:

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

  25. Molly NINAN says:

    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 says:

      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,

  26. Saria de Kock says:

    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 says:

      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,

  27. Tomsy m says:

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

    • Moderator says:

      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,

  28. Frederick says:

    This was wonderful.

    Thank you

  29. Stephanie says:

    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.

  30. namhla says:

    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.

  31. Dave Sherry says:

    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 says:

      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!!

  32. Dave Sherry says:

    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 says:

      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.

  33. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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

  34. Wendy Freind says:

    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 says:

      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,

  35. Sarah says:

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

    • Moderator says:

      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.

  36. Danica says:

    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 says:

      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,

  37. Robin says:

    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 says:

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

    • Dorenea says:

      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 says:

        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.

  38. dawn oliver says:

    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 says:

      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,

  39. brian says:

    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 says:

      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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