Soter was commonly used among the Greeks as a divine appellation. They, as did the Hebrews, used the term for the mighty men, of philosophers such as Epicurus, of rulers such as Ptolemy I. The Romans used it for their emperors from Nero’s time.
Additional words associated with “Savior” in the NT give insight into its significance in early Christianity. Jesus was described by John as “Savior of the world” in his record of the encounter with the Samaritan woman. Jesus’ significance was such as could not be confined to any single race or people. In the Pastoral Epistles, “the appearing of our Savior” is used (
Jesus Himself interpreted His mission as one of salvation, saying “For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost” (