Friday, December 30, 2011

Saved: Cured of Sin & Made Whole

It has come to my attention that the Greek word for "saved" (as in "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved") can have other meanings. It is translated as "make well," "heal," or "make whole" in many places. In Mark 6:56 it is translated as cured.

To save means to:
    heal, cure, make well, restore to health
    make whole
    preserve, keep safe and sound
    rescue from danger or destruction, deliver

I went through all the scriptures where this Greek word appears and found the places where the synonyms of "save" make sense to see how impactful they can be. I have also paired some up with other scriptures so we can see how these wordings agree with truth found in other places.
  • God did not send the Son into the world to find fault with the world but to make the world well through Him (John 3:17).
    • Jesus said, "I did not come to find fault with the world but to make the world well" (John 12:47).
    • God in Christ made relationship with Himself available to all by no longer counting people's sins against them (2 Corinthians 5:19).
  • The Son of Man has come to look for and to cure those who are dying (Luke 19:10).
    • The Son of Man has come to look for and to make whole those who are damaged (Luke 19:10).
  • This is a statement that can be trusted and deserves complete acceptance: "Christ Jesus came into the world to cure sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15).
  • God our Savior desires all men to be cured, to be made whole, and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
  • Jesus is able to save and cure and make whole forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to act for their benefit (Hebrews 7:25).
  • Jesus took God's wrath for sin on our behalf so now, through trust, we are made right with God by the blood of Jesus and cured of sin. We are made whole by His life (Romans 5:9-10).
  • Jesus will cure His people, removing them from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
    • He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
  • Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be made whole (Romans 10:13).
  • By the gospel you are made whole (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).
  • We trust that we are cured through the favor of the Lord Jesus. God purified our hearts by trust (Acts 15:9,11).
  • By God's loving kindness you have been made whole through trust (Ephesians 2:8).
  • When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He made us whole, not because of righteous things we had done, but according to His mercy. He made us whole through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been made right with God by his favor, we might become heirs having the hope of knowing God forever (Titus 3:4-7).

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