What is the difference between salvation and deliverance?

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Salvation is gained when a person accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal Savior and walks in His steps (Luke 1:69), whereas the word deliverance, today, is usually used to refer to a person who gets set free from a bad habit, demonic oppression, addiction, fear, hate, health problem, or anything that holds the soul captive (Luke 4:18). The meaning of the word salvation embraces deliverance, restoration, preservation, and glorification. That’s why the words salvation and deliverance can sometimes be used interchangeably.

Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Nehemiah, and others were deliverers of their people; they delivered them from the outward consequences of sin. But Jesus delivered His people from the power of sin.  “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). In describing the mission of Jesus the scripture says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).

A parallel of these words were given also in Isaiah 58:6, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?” Jesus delivered the captives of Satan in body, mind, and spirit (Romans 6:16).

Where there is no deliverance there can be no salvation. Sadly, some people claim that they are saved even though they are still in willful bondage to spiritual enemies of the flesh and mind. A person who is still under the dominion of a habitual sin has not fully experienced the salvation of God. All a people need to do is to submit their will to God and ask Him for grace to overcome. And God promised “to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). As a result of this believers can say, “… we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

In His service,
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