I tritely posted a passage to a discussion the other day about salvation being known to all. And have been bothered by it ever since. When I posted it I knew that a few versions translated “salvation” in the passage as “victory.” This morning I was curious what Strongs said about the word in that passage. And yes, Strongs also listed the word as meaning salvation or victory.
Curious, I looked up the word in a few other passages in Strongs. Old and New Testament, the word salvation surprised me in it’s meaning and interpretation:
3444 That which is delivered, safe. Deliverance, welfare, victory.
8668 Deliverance, help, welfare. Victory. (close to other words that mean “liberated” or “delivered”
3468 deliverance, salvation, rescue, safety, welfare
4991 deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation
a) deliverance from the molestation of enemies
b) in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the soul’s safety or salvation
(1) of Messianic salvation
2) salvation as the present possession of all true Christians
3) future salvation, the sum of benefits and blessings which the Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.
I’ll admit, these aren’t exactly the definitions I expected, although I’m not sure what I did expect. One thing is certain: what is derived from these definitions is clearly not about what we do for ourselves, but about what Someone has done for us. Rescue. Deliverance. Safety. Not things we do for ourselves, at all. Something we trust God to do for us. Something to rest in.