Names of God: Soter

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We continue in our names of God study. This may be the first time you have read about our names of God study. If it is, go ahead and jump in with us! You can dig into all the other names we have studied at Names of God Study.

Today we will be looking at the name/title Soter.

for today in the city of David

there has been born for you a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.

 Luke 2:11

 

Soter is the Greek word for Savior and it means savior, deliverer, preserver. 

Jesus, the Logos made flesh, is not only our Parakletos, but He is our Savior.

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

1 Timothy 2:3

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whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ

our Savior

Titus 3:6

 

The root word of Soter is Sozo and it means to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, save one (from injury or peril) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue.

As we look at this root word definition we see a little deeper the despair of our situation. We see that Jesus is our Savior, but we also see why we need a Savior. We need rescued from danger. We need rescued from the destruction that we are headed to because of our sin. We need someone to save us from our peril. We are suffering from the effects of our sin, from our own choices, and from the choices of others. We are sick in our sin, spreading it on to our children and our children’s children. We need to be healed. We need to be restored. We need to be saved. Then in our salvation, in our restoration, we need someone to preserve us in it because we can’t preserve ourselves.

We are all in the same state. We all, every one of us, need a Savior. If we stop long enough to be honest with ourselves we can’t help but see this need. Even the Disney Channel recognizes that it is not the goodness of man that we all have in common… but it is indeed sin.

for all have sinned

and fall short

of the glory of God

Romans 3:23

 

We all need a Savior and there is only ONE who is able to do the kind of saving that we need.

 

Therefore He is able also to save forever

those who draw near to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them

Hebrews 7:25

 

Many times throughout history and even throughout our own lives we find ourselves needing help. We will cry out for help. In that time of need, someone may come. They may come and they may save us at that time, in that moment, from that danger… but then they are gone.  Sometimes God allows times of distress in our lives just so that we will call out for help…

Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them,

But when they cried to You in the time of their distress,

You heard from heaven, and according to Your great compassion

You gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors.

Nehemiah 9:27

 

Nehemiah is reminding us of the time of the judges in Israel. As long as the judge lived and led them, then the people obeyed God, but as soon as the judge died, they went right back to living however they pleased.

Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger. So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had spoken and as the Lord had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed. Then the Lord raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them. Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of theLord; they did not do as their fathers. When the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them. But it came about when the judge died, that they would turn back and act more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and bow down to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubborn ways.

Judges 2:11-19

 

Yes, God will even allow distress in our lives to lead us to look for a savior, but He never wants us to get satisfied in a temporary salvation. He wants our cry for THE SAVIOR.

He wants our cry for the One who delivers not from a sin, but from the sin. The One who is able to lead us for all time because He doesn’t die. The One who is able to save forever.

The One who is able to save because he was born to save…

for today in the city of David

there has been born for you a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

 

The One who is able to save because he died to save…

For while we were still helpless,

at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

For one will hardly die for a righteous man;

though perhaps for the good man

someone would dare even to die.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us,

in that while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6-8

The One who is able to save because He didn’t come to save one nation, one people, for just a small amount of time… but He came to save the world for all time.

and they were saying to the woman,

“It is no longer because of what you said that we believe,

for we have heard for ourselves

and know that this One

is indeed the Savior of the world.”

John 4:42

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We have seen and testify

that the Father has sent the Son

to be the Savior of the world.

1 John 4:14

 

The One who is able to save because He came to destroy not that one sin, that one bondage, at that one time of the cry… but He came to destroy the works of the devil!

the one who practices sin is of the devil;

for the devil has sinned from the beginning.

The Son of God appeared for this purpose,

to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8

The word destroy in this verse is Luo and it means to loose any person (or thing) tied or fastened bandages of the feet, the shoes, to loose one bound, i.e. to unbind, release from bonds, set free, of one bound up (swathed in bandages), bound with chains (a prisoner), discharge from prison, let go, to loosen, undo, dissolve, anything bound, tied, or compacted together, an assembly, i.e. to dismiss, break up, laws, as having a binding force, are likened to bonds, to annul, subvert, to do away with, to deprive of authority, whether by precept or act

Let this definition just soak in for a moment… take the time to apply it to what you think binds you today.

The authority, binding force, chains of the works of the devil in which he bound you because of your sin… Jesus came to loose you, to make them let go of you, to set you free from them and from Satan himself.

Let’s look at Hebrews 7:25 again… this time in the KJV.

Wherefore he is able also to save them

to the uttermost

that come unto God by him,

seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25 (KJV)

 

The word uttermost in this verse is Panteles and it means all complete, perfect, completely, perfectly, utterly

Jesus, our Soter, our Savior. The One who is able to save… not for just yesterday, not for just today, not for just tomorrow… but forever and to the uttermost.

 

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