What does salvation mean?
- Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.
- A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance.
- Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption.
Merriam-Webster presents these definitions:
- deliverance from the power and effects of sin
- the agent or means that effects salvation
- Christian Science: the realization of the supremacy of infinite Mind over all bringing with it the destruction of the illusion of sin, sickness, and death
- liberation from ignorance or illusion
- preservation from destruction or failure
- deliverance from danger or difficulty
A study on the definition of salvation as it is used in the Bible is at this site : http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/salvation/
Examples of salvation in the Bible include delivery from death, annihilation, slavery, enemies, and various forms of evil.The concept of salvation from sin comes into focus where sin is pictured as a force that is evil, enslaving and separating us from God, and is a constant enemy of mankind.
The New Testament introduced that spiritual form of salvation. The name Jesus means “savior” and Jesus said He came to seek and to save the lost. The revelation of being eternally lost prompted Jesus’ disciples to ask; “Who then can be saved?”
The Bible contains a variety of events or situations from which persons were saved or wished to be saved. Jesus was discussing salvation in terms of entering the Kingdom of Heaven. The question which was posed to Jesus was emphatically answered in Mark 10:27: “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God, all things are possible.”