Genesis 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

Introductory Thoughts

As already discussed, the word salvation is used throughout the word of God, but depending upon the context, the intended meaning varies. Failure to understand the different usages has led many to espouse some of the most egregious false doctrines. It is important to understand that the foundational meaning of the word salvation refers to deliverance. The vast majority of occurrences in the word of God actually refer to physical deliverance rather than a soul’s salvation. The word salvation can often be found within the context to describe the time when someone received deliverance from a specific trial or a threatening enemy. The most common usage today among believers relates to spiritual deliverance offered through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God saves us from many physical dangers daily (Psalm 71:15; i.e., accidents, falls, wrecks, germs). But sin is a heart problem and separates us from God (Mark 7:21-23; Isaiah 59:2). Jesus came to save us from sin (Matthew 1:21).
  • (For everyone): Read Exodus 14:13 and 1 Chronicles 16:35. What is the meaning of the word salvation in each passage? Did this salvation have anything to do with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection?
  • According to 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, people are saved by believing the gospel. The gospel is defined in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Is this salvation more than physical deliverance?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank God for His offer of salvation.
  • Ask the Lord to teach you more about His salvation.