My Savior And I- On A First Name Basis

What does Savior mean? Well, on a personal level, I only ever use it to refer to Jesus Christ or the Father. I know in music production they have a button they call a savior button. Also, my King James Version uses Saviour versus Savior. (Due to England’s spelling.) And I’d like you to know that in the Bible, they use it in the Old Testament (OT) and the New.

Strong’s Hebrew #H3467 has 205 Occurrences. We know that an “H” number refers to the OT and is Hebraic. Here’s the info. according to the e-Sword FREE program (PC)/Desktop Version I have. I find these results interesting for multiple reasons. ( And by the way, Hebrew is read right to left.)

A primitive root: properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor: – X at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.

(When looking at the original search results, I received 37 results for Saviour in the OT/NT using the exact match. But when looking at the definition, we see that all the other words tied to Saviour, support /define it and are used instead of Saviour, but mean the same thing) 

It’s also interesting to note that “Savior” is an action word/verb. Yup.

In the first use as “Saviour” we find it in 2Samuel 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. (Salvation used in this verse is also tied to it)- When you see the definition of God in this verse, it is Elohim (Ello-heem)/From the plural of (H433). I like that. It reminds me that it is used in plural, because it refers not only to God, but to Christ (Word made flesh/He and the Father are one- As it’s written.) And it shows how tied God/Jesus are and that Jesus is in the OT also, when we look/seek/search God’s Holy Word in the truth of the Spirit.

But the search of H3467 is found prior to that in the word “helped” as seen in Exodus 2:17 And the shepherdsH7462 cameH935 and drove them away:H1644 but MosesH4872 stood upH6965 and helpedH3467 them, and wateredH8248 (H853) their flock.H6629


When we look at the NT/we see the word Saviour found 24 times in the Strong’s Hebrew #G4990 and in ALL Instances, it relates to either the Father God, being our Savior and His one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ also being our Savior. In the program 23 instances are Capitalized as in a Proper name, even in the middle of a sentence. The one that isn’t, should be, but it seems to be a typo.

Here’s the information on G4990:

From G4982; a deliverer, that is, God or Christ: – saviour.
Total KJV occurrences: 24

To dig a little deeper:

Here’s G4982:

From a primary word σῶς sōs̄ (contraction for the obsolete σάος saos, “safe”); to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
Total KJV occurrences: 110



First Name Basis- 

I love You, Lord,
I can easily say.
A slight hesitation,
but my thoughts array.

But to say
“I love You, Jesus,” first
is to fall short in my mind.
To Him, I have not truly knelt
in the past, I’ve been quite blind.

You, Father,
cause my heart to beat.
You move my hands,
move my feet.

Flower with scrabble words PAPA


But to truly know Jesus
I fall short.
A shamefaced truth,
no more ignored.

Father, open my eyes
to softly say,
“I love You, Jesus,
with You, I remain.”

I know He loves me,
that I don’t doubt.
It is me I fault,
and this heart without.

I am hungry, Jesus,
to know you more.
This ache in me
is a wound, a sore.

Reveal to me
my lack of love for You.
No longer let confusion sit
Between the three or two.

I trust You as Master
and Savior of my soul.
No longer let first name basis
hold nervousness untold.

There is a riddle here,
Of that I am sure.
A parable to decipher,
from wrong to pure

God, teach me about who Jesus really is.
You as Him,
and He my hope that lives.

It is an oddity,
a thing of great concern.
For, “I love You, Jesus,”
my heart doth yearn.

To say it, feel it, show it true.
to be an inseparable part of You.

So I pray to You ,
oh, He, who’s divine.
Come to me soon,
Let it be my time.

To know You truly,
(Solve the puzzle.)
No longer, heart
of mine, be muzzled!

For You alone
know the key to my heart.
Unlock that door,
Throw back the bar!

Come fully in
my Dearest Shalom
Oh, cup of mine,
Strength and Calm

© Kari L. Greenaway

Proverbs 30:4 “Who has gone up to the heavens and come down?…(or).. has gathered the wind in His Fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name. And what is His Son’s Name, if you know it?”

Have you ever hesitated at using the name “Jesus?” I did. I could say, “Lord” but not Jesus. Well without hesitating that is. And to me it all kind of makes sense. As one becomes more familiar with another, formalities can often be put aside. I was afraid of committing to Christ, but He was not afraid to continue to pursue me. He knows I’m an old soul who likes courtship and propriety/etiquette. He’s showing me not only is He kind, but He is proper as it relates to customs/preferences. He does have a sense of humor/humour and like questions.

How do you get your own Savior?

Well, do you want to be free? Are you heavy laden/burdened? Wanting to be saved/rescued is part of it. Recognizing our own part and our own sinfulness and lack of ability to save ourself is key. Haven’t you heard the phrase, “Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you”?

Once you have received salvation (free gift)(See also John 3:16) it’s important to recognize that sanctification is a life/long process and deals with the Spirit working within and helping us grow toward righteousness. Jesus was baptized by John (who didn’t think he was worthy to do it) and He was immersed. There’s a lot of different takes on what’s proper/improper. But I sense, it’s more a heart thing, especially for example if there was an accident and you were close to death. You might ask for forgiveness of sins (repent) and come into a personal saving grace with the Lord, but not be able to be baptized prior to death. I don’t believe that would keep you out of Heaven. On the cross, Jesus responded to the thief (who believed at his last hour)- I shall see you in paradise… 

Jesus is the living water. When we believe on/in Him, have repented (asked for forgiveness) we are in a way baptized in my opinion. It’s nice to have a baptism if time allows, as a testimony to others and to follow the example of Jesus.

I also have a poem called, “Why, Jesus?” which shows some of my past confusion and shying from the Lord.

This poem can be found in the book, “He Had You at Belief: A Collection of Christian Poetry” (It has been edited since publication)


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