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.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on April 18, 2013, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Very interesting! thanks for the thoughts!

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