Salvation is a lost word in the 21st Century. Lost words are often referred to as archaic. Archaic words are no longer in use or have lost their meaning in their current usage. Almost the only remaining usage of the word salvation is the 21st Century is in the popular name of The Salvation Army. So what does this lost word mean?
Salvation is a noun that means rescue and deliverance from evil, harm, danger, and/or destruction. Here are some examples of its usage:
As the angry wolves came closer, he felt his only salvation was to climb a tree and wait them out.
When the capital was surrounded by enemy forces, it looked like there would be no salvation for the country.
Sometimes innovation is optional, but it tough economic times innovation may be a company’s salvation.
In these three examples, salvation is temporary because the person will eventually die, the country will eventually cease to exist, and the company will eventually fail. However, there is a rescue and deliverance that never ends, eternal salvation–the rescue and deliverance of the human soul from the power and eternal consequences of wrongful thoughts, words, and behaviors; through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That is the way that The Salvation Army uses the word, salvation. It is an Army fighting for the salvation of souls in more than 120 countries!
The word salvation may be archaic, however, salvation remains the greatest need of mankind. Are you rescued and delivered from sin and living in God’s salvation?