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Fausset's Bible Dictionary


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moshia' , Greek soter . Salvation from all kinds of danger and evil, bodily, spiritual, temporal, and eternal (Matthew 1:21; Ephesians 5:23; Philippians 3:20-21), including also the idea restorer and preserver, giver of positive life and blessedness, as well as saviour from evil (Isaiah 26:1; 2 Samuel 8:6; Isaiah 60:18; Isaiah 61:10; Psalms 118:25), deliverer, as the judges were saviours (margin Judges 3:9; Judges 3:15; Nehemiah 9:27; Jeroboam II, 2 Kings 13:5; Obadiah 1:21). (See SALVATION; HOSANNA; REDEEMER.) Isaiah, Joshua or Jeshua, Jesus, Hoshea, Hosea, are various forms of the is associated with the idea, and the term Redeemer (goel ) implies how God can be just and at the same time a saviour of mall (Isaiah 43:3; Isaiah 43:11; Isaiah 45:15; Isaiah 45:21-24; Isaiah 45:25; Isaiah 41:14; Isaiah 49:26; Isaiah 9:16-17; Zechariah 9:9; Hosea 1:7).

Man cannot save himself temporally or spiritually; Jehovah alone can save (Job 40:14; Psalms 33:16; Psalms 44:3; Psalms 44:7; Hosea 13:4; Hosea 13:10). The temporal saviour is the predominant idea in the Old Testament; the spiritual and eternal saviour of the whole man in the New Testament Israel' s saviour, national and spiritual, finally (Isaiah 62:11; Romans 11:25-26). Salvation is secured in title to believers already by Christ's purchase with His blood; its final consummation shall be at His coming again; in this sense salvation has yet "to be revealed" (1 Peter 1:5; Hebrews 9:28; Romans 5:10). Salvation negatively delivers us from three things: (1) the penalty, (2) the power, (3) the presence of sin. Positively it includes the inheritance of glory, bliss, and life eternal in and with God our Saviour.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Saviour'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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