To summarize our short word study:
“sōtēr” (#4990); “savior, deliverer, preserver”; this is the Person of Salvation; the Preserver (Christ); Deliverer, Preserver, Savior.
“sōtēria” (#4991); “deliverance, preservation, salvation”; this is the Position of Justification (Romans 5:1-2).
Save / Saved:
“sōzō” (#4982); “to save”; this is the Action of the Preserver (the Savior) on the Cross in His vicarious and expiatory Sacrifice of Himself for the sinner’s sin debt (2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 1:21; Romans 3:24-25; 2 Thessalonians 1:9).
The sinner is not saved when he confesses Christ as his Savior (Romans 10:9-10). But he was saved:
1) Eternally in the Plan and Purpose of God in Christ Jesus, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. (See Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:18-20.) This is called Eternal Justification.
2) Judicially on the Cross in the Atonement of Christ. (See Romans 3:24-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:1-21.) This is called Judicial Justification.
3) Experientially in Regeneration (quickening to birth). (See John 3:3-8; Romans 10:9-10.) This is called Experiential Justification.
But the sinner comes to the knowledge of his Salvation in Christ – based on Christ’s Atonement; based on God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-20; Ephesians 1:3-11); and based on the Work of Spirit of Christ – in Regeneration, which process ends in birth, or conversion, or confession that Christ is the sinner’s Salvation. (See Romans 10:9-10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2-3.)
The terminology, “you need to get saved” is not Scriptural. Salvation is not an experience, but the Justification of sinners in the Atonement of Christ on the Cross. It is a Position in the Grace of God based upon the Eternal Purpose in God in Jesus Christ; manifested on the Cross, as Jesus declared the Righteousness of God in His vicarious and expiatory Sacrifice for sinners (Romans 3:24-25).
Therefore, the Savior saved us on the Cross and placed us in His Salvation (Justified, Redeemed, Reconciled, Sanctified, Quickened).
The sinner was saved (his sins atoned, justified), or declared righteous, in Christ’s vicarious (substitutionary) and expiatory (satisfaction) Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross; which placed the sinner in the position of Salvation (or Justification). (See 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 3:24-25; 5:1-2.)
God was “satisfied” on the Basis of the Atonement of Christ as the “offering for sin,” the Burnt Offering (Isaiah 53:1-12; Ephesians 1:7).
Then, in time, on this Basis, or Foundation – which is Christ’s Atonement for sin – the Spirit of Christ comes and regenerates the saved sinner. This process includes: quickening, revelation of his sin by the Law; repentance given; godly sorrow produced; then birth, or confession by the sinner that Jesus Christ’s Atonement included him. (See John 6:63, 44-45; Romans 3:19-23; Acts 5:31; Romans 10:9-10.)
Believing these facts of Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection is manifested by Confession and Obedience in water baptism (1 Peter 3:21).
We end this series as we began it:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)