Word of the Day: Sótér

Meaning: Savior

Greek: σωτήρ

Pronounced: so-tare

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word Sótér?

1 John 4:14

Luke 1:47

Acts 4:12 (here it appears in a variant form)

1 Timothy 2:3-4

Titus 2:13

Acts 13:23

Jude 1:25

Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)? 

Over the last few days we have considered what we have personally received in Jesus Christ – mercy and grace. God has both removed the deserved punishment for our sins from us, and He has also extended to us the lavish gift of salvation of which we were not deserving. Jesus’ death and resurrection has changed everything about us – how we live now, our victory over personal sin, and our eternal destination.

And, it’s easy for you and me to think of our Savior in very personal terms. Of course, Jesus does save us personally and we must each personally surrender to His salvation call. And yet, the New Testament word of Savior, Sótér, has a much grander scope in mind. This word pictures much more than just me and Jesus and our personal relationship; it envisions a Savior who will overcome death, extend an offer of salvation to the world, and bring about eternal, final, ultimate peace for His people.

Jesus Christ, the Sótér of the world, is the One who ties the entire meta-narrative of the Scriptures together. He was there at the beginning, there at the Fall, there at the first covenant, there in the manger, there on the cross, and then suddenly not there in the empty tomb. He is the Sótér who was, is, and is yet to come. So much better than simply me and Jesus in my quiet time, Jesus is the Sótér who is promised to come on the clouds, put a final end to sin and death, and ultimately, eternally, and fully rescue those who are His. It is the Sótér that is the thread that weaves the entire meta-narrative together, and He is the One whose coming will signal the final resolution that we have all been waiting for.

How does this move the story forward?

Pray & Reflect: Thank God that He saves you personally, and that His salvation’s scope is so much bigger than you could ever conceive. Thank Him that He has promised to come again and complete the work He started. Ask Him to come soon!

Author: amygannett

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