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The meaning of the word ‘saved’ is to ‘be whole.’ God has not only provided for you the right to receive healing when your body is broken, but also to keep living in divine health.
Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

What an awesome clarification in explaining our salvation. But have you ever considered exactly what you received ‘by grace’ when you were saved? The Greek definition of the word “saved” means, to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): to heal, preserve, do well, be (make) whole.

Many people’s view of their salvation only means… ‘to save.’ It is wonderful to know that we are saved from a devil’s hell, and that we will go to heaven one day. And some say, “glory hallelujah, Jesus set us free.” But, let’s not stop there… we also received ‘deliverance’ from whatever we need to be delivered from. If you can live for Jesus and stay saved, then can’t you live for Jesus and stay delivered and set free from whatever it was that you were set free from? Of course you can.

Protection is also part of the “Salvation” package, even though many people do not believe in divine protection. The Bible says in Psalm 91:11-12, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.” You may say, “I don’t believe it.” And my response is simple: This truth works in the lives of those who believe that this is God’s truth.

We have also received healing. One can easily see that God wants us healed or He would never have included it in our “Salvation” package. Just as we are ‘saved’ by grace, we are also ‘healed’ by grace… through faith.

“Saved” also means ‘to preserve.’ God also promised us long life. Psalm 91:16 says, “With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” The Hebrew word for ‘salvation’ here is ‘Yeshuah’ (the Hebrew Name of Jesus), and means, something saved, deliverance; to aid, victory, prosperity:—deliverance, health, help (-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare. Doesn’t that sound like what you received when you were saved?

You also received the promise to ‘do well’. God does not want you to live life barely getting along. He has provided for you His salvation, which includes His prosperity. Have you ever put your trust in God when you were not in crisis?  He invites you to put your trust in Him and keep it in Him at all times. He will cause things to work for your good so that you walk more and more in His benefits. Trust is not something you merely try, but is a lifestyle of relationship with the one you trust.

Finally, the meaning of the word ‘saved’ is to ‘be whole’. God has not only provided for you the right to receive healing when your body is broken, but also to keep living in divine health. The body of Jesus was broken so that our bodies could be whole. Jesus wants His people to be made ‘whole’.

All of these blessings we have received by grace … through faith, and what we have received did not come of ourselves; but “it is the gift of God." God’s grace is His unmerited, underserved and unearned favor. And many people believe that they cannot have favor with someone, unless they deserve it or earn it. This may be a reason many believers do not experience more than just knowing they are going to heaven because they were “saved, by grace, through faith”.

We are saved by grace and “grace is God empowering us to walk in everything Jesus did for us at the cross.” God wants us, His people, to be awakened to the work of His grace in our lives, through Jesus Christ.

Grace is God giving you the fresh start you didn’t deserve, and at the cross we all got a fresh start. Jesus said, “It is finished” meaning, the work is done and we receive the benefits of His work. This doesn't mean that God does not ask us to do some things or keep some things. It just means that everything God asks of us is possible through Jesus Christ and His finished work at the cross. What we do for God, we do only by the grace of God.

God’s desire is for us to understand that Jesus provided for us “abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17), and that we can walk in all that has been provided for us. “For by grace you have been saved (going to heaven, deliverance and protection, healed, preserved and made whole) through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." …Think about it!

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Author Biography

Bill Hanshew
Web site: Bill Hanshew Ministries
Dr. Bill Hanshew started preaching at the age of 17, was a youth pastor at the age of 18 and was a senior pastor at the age of 20. Bill loves to preach, teach, write and lead worship.

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