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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Salvation

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Means, strictly, deliverance; and so it is used of temporal deliverance, victory, in Genesis 14:13 1 Samuel 14:45 . But as the spiritual deliverance from sin and death, through the Redeemer, Matthew 1:21 , is a far greater salvation, so this word has come to be used mostly only in this moral and spiritual sense; and implies not only this deliverance, but also the consequences of it, namely, eternal life and happiness in the kingdom of out Lord, 2 Corinthians 7:10 Ephesians 1:13 . It is most justly described as a "great salvation," Hebrews 2:3 .

The Hebrews rarely use concrete terms, as they are called, but often abstract terms. Thus, instead of saying, God saves them and protects them, they say, God is their salvation. So, a voice of salvation, tidings of salvation, the rock of salvation, the shield of salvation, a horn of salvation, a word of salvation, etc., are equivalent to a voice declaring deliverance; the joy that attends escape from a great danger; a rock where any one takes refuge, and is in safety; a buckler that secures from the attack of an enemy; a horn or ray of glory, of happiness and salvation, etc. Thus, to work great salvation in Israel signifies to deliver Israel from some imminent danger, to obtain a great victory over enemies.

The "garments of salvation," Isaiah 61:10 , refer to the splendid robes worn on festival days. The expression is used figuratively to denote the reception of a signal favor from God, such as deliverance from great danger.


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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Salvation'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ats/s/salvation.html. 1859.

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