We Interrupt This Year for A Special Announcement-It Is About A Savior
It Is About A Savior
Sōtēr occurs 24 times in the NT and is exclusively applied to God and Jesus Christ; to God 8 times and to Christ 16 times.
Jesus’ name (Greek for Joshua) means “the Lord is salvation” and was given in anticipation of his function as the Savior (Mt 1:21). As the Savior, Jesus completes God’s plan for a promised deliverer (Acts 13:23; Ti 3:4), provides redemption for mankind (Ti 2:13, 14), and is the hope of the believer (Phil 3:20, 21).
While Jesus never refers to himself as savior (sōtēr), he is announced as such by the angels at his birth (Lk 2:11), confessed as such by those who heard his words (Jn 4:42), and proclaimed as Savior by the early church (Acts 5:31; 13:23). Salvation is central to the very mission of Jesus (Lk 19:10). Paul teaches that Christ is the Savior of the church in the present (Eph 5:23) and future (Phil 3:20).