Soteria (Salvation)



Soteria (Salvation)

  1. Soterian is From Soteria (swthriva) and Belongs to the Sozo Word Group:

    1. Sozo (swzw) (Verb), “To Save, to Keep From Harm, to Preserve, to Rescue.”

    2. Soteria (swthria) (Noun), “Salvation, Deliverance, Preservation, Health, Well-Being.”

    3. Soter (swthr) (Noun), “Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Preserver.”

    4. Soterios (adjective), “Delivering, Saving, Salvation.”

    5. Diasozo (diaswzw) (Verb), “To Save, to Recover, to Heal Perfectly, to Convey Safely.” The Stem of these Words, So (sw) Means, “Whole, Fresh, Healthy.”

  2. Classical Usage.

    1. Words Derived From this Root Have a Broad Understanding in classical Greek.

    2. They May Depict Being Rescued From Serious Danger Such as War, Shipwreck, etc.

    3. They May Involve Being Assisted Out of a Difficult Legal Situation, or Being Helped by a Physician in a Time of Illness.

    4. They Also Might Describe a Safe Return From a Perilous Journey.

    5. Inherent in the Words Are the Ideas of Protection, Mercy and Security.

    6. They Also imply Healthy, Prosperous Condition, an Inner Well-Being and Personal Self-Esteem.

  3. Liddell and Scott On Page 1751 of their Lexicon Find Two Basic Meanings; (of People and Things).

    1. Of People:

      1. Deliverance, Preservation”

      2. A Way of Means of Safety”

      3. Safe Return”

      4. Salvation”

    2. Of Things:

      1. Keeping Safe, Preservation”

      2. Security, Guarantee For Safety”

      3. Security, Safety”

      4. Security Against”

      5. Bodily Health, Well-Being”

  4. LXX Usage, (Septuagint {Sometimes abbreviated LXX} is the Name Given to the Greek Translation of the Hebrew Scriptures).

    1. Soteria is Found Over 100 Times in the LXX.

    2. It Predominately Translates the Form of the Root ysh‘, “deliver, Protect, Preserve.”

    3. On Three Occasions Soteria Translates the Hebrew Shalom or Shalowm (swlv), “Peace, Health, Prosperity” (Genesis 26:31; 28:21; 44:17).

    4. Soteria Preserves Many of the Same Senses as in classical Usage.

    5. The Word is Used of Deliverance From Enemies and Adverse Circumstances as Well as Deliverance From Spiritual Death and Eternal Condemnation.

  5. NT Usage.

    1. Soteria Appears 46 Times in the NT.

    2. It is Found Three Times in the Philippians’ epistle, (Philippians 1:19; 28; 2:12).

    3. The Noun Soteria Has a Wide Range of Meanings in the NT as it Has in classical Greek.

    4. It Can Refer to Deliverance From Spiritual Death and Eternal Condemnation Through Faith in Christ (Luke 1:69;77; 19:9; John 4:22; Acts 4:12; 13:26; 47; 16:17;
      Romans 1:16; 10:1; 10; 11:11; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13;
      Hebrews 2:10; 5:9; 6:9;1 Peter 1:9-10; 2 Peter 3:15

    5. Soteria Can Refer to Ultimate Sanctification, (Romans 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9; Hebrews 1:14; 9:28; 1 Peter 1:5).

    6. It Can Be Used with Reference to Experiential Sanctification as Well, (2 Corinthians 1:6; 7:10; 2 Timothy 2:10).

    7. The Word is Often Used of Deliverance or Rescue From One’s Enemies or Difficult Circumstances, (Luke 1:71; Acts 7:25; Hebrews 11:7; Revelation 12:10).

    8. It Further Denotes Prosperity of the Soul From utilizing of The Two Power options, Functioning Under the Three Spiritual skills, Deploying the Ten Problem Solving Devices and Executing the Three Stages of the Adult Spiritual Life Which Compose the Four Spiritual Mechanics of the Operational Type Spiritual Life For the Church Age, (2 Corinthians 7:10; Philippians 1:19; 28; 2 Timothy 3:15).

    9. Soteria Also Refers to the Prosperity the Victorious Resurrected Incarnate Son of God Will Receive at His 2nd Advent Resulting in His Millennial Reign (Revelation 7:10; Revelation 19:1)

    10. It is Used in Reference to One’s Physical Health and Well-Being (Acts 27:34).

    11. In Several Places in the NT Soteria Acquires a Totally New and Unique Meaning Where it is Used to Describe the Adult Spiritual Life of the Church Age Believer (Philippians 2:12; Hebrews 2:3; 10; 1 Peter 2:2; Jude 3).

    12. Thus, the Word’s Wide Range of Meaning Demands that One Must Carefully Study the Context in Which it Appears to Determine its Exact Meaning and Correct Translation!

Soteria (Strong’s Concordance # 4991)
Sozo (Strong’s Concordance # 4982)

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