Sozo is a Greek word used 110 times in the New Testament. It is a Greek verb that implies being saved or rescued from under satan’s power and restored into the wholeness of God’s order and well-being.’ It is used to mean saved in the sense of having been saved from eternal punishment for sin. It is used to mean to be healed of disease. It is used to mean to be delivered from demonic oppression. In fact it can mean all three of these at the same time. There are three areas covered by the word sozo:
Let’s first look at the word sozo from the context of deliverance. Luke 8:36 “Those who had seen it told the people how the demon possessed man had been (sozo) cured”. Deliverance is the action of being set free, liberated, rescued, freed. Deliverance is God’s gift to His people that breaks the yoke of the enemy and releases the shackles of the prisoners. Sometimes, the enemy is so subtle that we don’t realise we are bound. Some others are bound by hopelessness, fear and control. Many are imprisoned by addiction, lust, or greed. But Jesus came to set the captives free. God’s truth breaks every chain. The enemy wants to isolate but God brings freedom. As we humble ourselves and repent of unholy alliances, freedom will come. As we forgive, prison doors are opened and deliverance will flow in every area of our lives.
Some words I received from the Lord the other day during my prayer time: “Do you not know that I have given you authority to heal the sick, to cast out demons? If you know it, why do you not use it? Do you think it is for the few? No! It is for every believer, for every son and daughter to claim.The more you walk in this authority, the more healing you will see released. I am teaching My children to rise up in the power I have given them. I am teaching My children to flow in My power. I have dominion over every sickness and disease – know that – understand it – believe it. So rise up in My name – rebuke the enemy, command and release healing to all who ask, and see My power at work.”
Finally, the third context for SOZO in the bible is in salvation. Acts 4:12 says, ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be (sozo) saved.’ And in Romans 10:9 it reads, ‘ If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be (Sozo) saved”. Jesus gave His life so that His people might live. It is His desire for all to receive salvation and to turn away from the darkness into the light. Three things are required:
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.
- Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life – that He died and rose from the dead for you.
- Open your heart to receive Jesus, and determine to follow His ways.
Receive salvation. It opens the door to God’s kingdom – God’s truth – God’s love. It opens the door to eternity with God.
Each one of us needs to be saved. If you have never made this commitment, do so today, saying the following, Prayer of Salvation:
Jesus, I confess and acknowledge from my heart that You are Lord – that You died on the cross and that Your blood was shed for my sins.
I believe that God raised You from the dead, and that in You I have eternal life.
I repent and ask Your forgiveness for my sins. Please change my heart to be like Yours – loving and forgiving.
I receive You as my Lord and Saviour – thank You for your free gift of Salvation today.
(If you said this prayer of salvation, do let us know. We bless you as you begin your new journey with the Lord.)