In talking about Salvation, I am including in that phrase, to be saved or simply saved. Yahusha’s name means to save. Matthew 1:21, “He will save His people from their sins.” Our sins separate us from Him. Isaiah 59:2, Ezekiel 33:10. Sin is literally missing the mark. Yahusha (Jesus) told the Jews that he who sins becomes a slave to sin. John 8:34.
When we allow sin in our lives we turn our backs to His rightful authority in our lives and eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. We like Eve believe that by eating of the fruit we will be better off. Instead what we think is freedom is really bondage. There is no escape but through the salvation offered by Yahusha (Jesus).
There are only two spiritual kingdoms at work in the earth. The kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Yahuah. When we choose sin, we choose admittance into the kingdom of darkness.
Let’s look at the definition of the three words that are translated salvation in Hebrew and Greek.
Yasha‘ (Strongs H3467), “to help, deliver, save.” Outside Hebrew this word is attested only in Moabite. It appears in all periods of Hebrew (including post-biblical Hebrew) and in biblical Hebrew about 205 times. The verb occurs only in the causative and passive stems. Essentially the word means “to remove or seek to remove someone from a burden, oppression, or danger.” In Exod. 2:17 (the first appearance of this verb) yasha‘ signifies to remove someone from a burden or job: “… Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.” (Vine, W.E.. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index (Word Study) (Kindle Locations 42582-42594). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.)
Soteria (Strongs G4991) denotes “deliverance, preservation, salvation.” “Salvation” is used in the NT (a) of material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension, (1) national, Luke 1:69, 71; Acts 7:25, RV marg., “salvation” (text, “deliverance”); (2) personal, as from the sea, Acts 27:34; RV, “safety” (KJV, “health”); prison, Phil. 1:19; the flood, Heb. 11:7; (b) of the spiritual and eternal deliverance granted immediately by God to those who accept His conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, in whom alone it is to be obtained, Acts 4:12, and upon confession of Him as Lord, Rom. 10:10; for this purpose the gospel is the saving instrument, Rom. 1:16; Eph. 1:13 (see further under Save); (c) of the present experience of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin. (Vine, W.E.. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index (Word Study) (Kindle Locations 42582-42594). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition)
Sozo (Strongs G4982), “to save,” is used (as with the noun soteria, “salvation”) (a) of material and temporal deliverance from danger, suffering, etc., e.g., Matt. 8:25; Mark 13:20; Luke 23:35; John 12:27; 1 Tim. 2:15; 2 Tim. 4:18 (KJV, “preserve”); Jude 5; from sickness, Matt. 9:22, “made … whole” (RV, marg., “saved”); so Mark 5:34; Luke 8:48; Jas. 5:15; (b) of the spiritual and eternal salvation granted immediately by God to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, e.g., Acts 2:47, RV “(those that) were being saved”; 16:31; Rom. 8:24, RV, “were we saved”; Eph. 2:5, 8; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5; of human agency in this, Rom. 11:14; 1 Cor. 7:16; 9:22; (c) of the present experiences of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin, e.g., Matt. 1:21; Rom. 5:10; 1 Cor. 15:2; Heb. 7:25; Jas. 1:21; 1 Pet. 3:21 (Vine, W.E.. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index (Word Study) (Kindle Locations 42582-42594). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.)
The apostle Paul put it best in Colossians 1:13,14 and in Acts 26:18. Through salvation we are taken from the kingdom of satan and brought into the Kingdom of Yahuah (God). Peter says it well, when he was encouraging the people on the day of Pentecost to be saved from this perverse generation. (Acts 2:40)
Yahusha’s (Jesus) first message was repent for the Kingdom of Yah is at hand. When the Holy Spirit touches our heart and we know we are sinners before Him, we are ready to experience salvation. A person who does not believe he needs salvation will never experience it. When you repent of your sins and renounce them and ask Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) to cleanse your heart and to take up residence in your heart, He moves quickly. He breaks the chains of sin and accepts you fully into His Kingdom. Salvation cannot be earned but is absolutely free through Him.
When we repent and die to ourselves and our selfish desire, we experience that mourning. That is the last day of the old life. We are crucified with Him and we then are resurrected with Him. New life floods your spirit as He gives you His promised Holy Spirit. Peter again tells them on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:38,39, repent that you may receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
This is just the beginning and there is so much more to say. Follow Him and He will answer every question.