By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
The Greek word for “salvation” in the Bible is “Soteria” or “Sotso,” and it is translated all sorts of ways. Half the time the word used doesn’t even mean “saved” or “salvation.”
For example, when Jesus heals the Samaritan woman, or when Jesus rescues Zacchaeus, or oftentimes when Jesus heals someone who is sick, he says, “Your faith has saved you.” Nevertheless, some Bible translators interpret it to say, “Your faith has healed you,” or “Your faith has relieved you,” or in the case of demons and such beings, “Your faith has delivered you.” In every case, whether it was the healing of a person’s body, a healing of their soul, demons being cast out, or the healing of their spirit that has been reconciled to God for justification and salvation, the word “salvation” applies.
Salvation in the Bible isn’t just of your spirit. Jesus wants to save everything, every aspect of your life – your body, your soul, your spirit, your mind, the way you live your life. Salvation and eternal life is something you get right now, not when you die.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for saving all of me. My heart is lighter and my hope is brighter knowing that I am saved by your grace and love, now and through all eternity. Amen.
Reflection: Have you ever viewed your salvation in the way Bobby describes in this devotion? What new thought popped into your mind about being saved, now and throughout eternity?.