Initially, God's intention to rescue from danger; later his promise to establish his Kingdom. God's gift to his covenant people of help when they confront an enemy (1 Sam. 7: 8 etc.) or, later, God's resolve to establish his reign (Isa. 52: 10). In the NT Jesus (the name is from the Hebrew word for ‘save’) brings salvation, by means of the reign or kingdom of God (Matt. 1: 21; 21: 31–2; Luke 19: 10; John 4: 42; Phil 3: 20). But faith ‘saved’ the woman with the haemorrhage (Mark 5: 34) in the sense simply of restoring her to health.
The death and resurrection of Jesus are the decisive moments according to the NT in the scheme of salvation. Those who have faith receive salvation; they are reconciled to God in the present (Rom. 13: 11–14) and saved from the perils of future judgement (1 Thess. 1: 9–10). The experience of possession by the spirit is a foretaste of future joy of salvation in the kingdom (Rom. 8: 23; Eph. 1: 14).