If that word looks Greek, it’s because it is. Sozo is a word that comes up often in the original Greek translation of the New Testament, and it’s an important word.
Why is this word so important? Well, because it has multiple applications or meanings – it’s one of those words that is used in many different contexts. If we just lay hold of one context it’s used in, we miss the others. So what does sozo mean? Basically, this: to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to save a suffering one from perishing or from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, to preserve (taken from studylight.org). This whole thing will make much more sense when we look at some verses it’s in, so here we go.
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save [SOZO] His people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
“But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well [SOZO].” – Matthew 9:22
“Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well [SOZO].” – Luke 8:36
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save [SOZO] that which was lost .” – Luke 19:10
“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved [SOZO], and will go in and out and find pasture.” – John 10:9
“And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved [SOZO] from this perverse generation !”” – Acts 2:40
So you see the same word is used to describe both spiritual and physical healing. Does that mean that spiritual and physical healing are interconnected? I think so. Here’s some more proof:
“But He was wounded for our transgressions (sins); He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5
So not only did Jesus deliver us from our sins, but from our sickness as well. Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and forever – if He healed all who came to Him on Earth, why would He stop now? Jesus, when He gave an example of prayer, said “Your [God’s] kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”. (Matthew 6) God’s kingdom is a kingdom of deliverance from anything keeping us bound. Also, is there sickness in Heaven? No. So if God’s will is to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, it means sickness won’t have a place here. When Jesus commissioned His disciples, He said those who believe [in Him] would lay hands on the sick, and they would be healed (Mark 16:18).
There’s still going to be sickness down here, since we live in a sinful world. Our physical bodies will grow old and die someday. But if physical healing is something we can receive through Jesus Christ, why would we want to do without it?
Search the scriptures – see for yourself that Jesus is our healer. Build up your faith until you are absolutely doubtless that He can and will heal you, and then lay hold of that healing in Jesus’ name.
The bottom line? Jesus provided for physical healing, so reach out and take this gift.