Having the intention or power to bring about salvation or redemption: "the doctrine that only a perfect male form can incarnate God fully and be salvific" (Rita N. Brock).

[Late Latin salvificus : Latin salvus, safe; see safe + Latin -ficus, -fic.]

sal·vif′i·cal·ly adv.
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obsolete in a saving manner
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(40) His missionary pro-existence begins in one sense with the incarnation, but later receives a baptismal and eucharistic shape into which humanity is called to participate salvifically. (41) "Christians," Ratzinger writes, "live first of all and totally from the Lord's service of representation and at the same time they receive it as the basic law of their own being and action." (42)
In a "scarcity" model, one believes that access to salvifically efficacious beliefs and practices is limited--usually co-extensive with the boundaries of one's own tradition.
For example, "the modern strivings for rationality, human freedom and social liberation are regarded as privileged loci theologici from which the recontextualization of the Christian faith in this God who is involved salvifically with human beings and their histories could take place." (16) Where human beings struggled for human dignity, God could not possibly be absent.
In other words, if the sacraments, now distilled into ordinances, were no longer salvifically efficacious, or at least dependent on the spiritual grace of personal conversion, then what means were available to ensure and assure that sinners had passed from "death unto life?" For many evangelical Americans, revivals created theology, liturgy and ritual, indeed a new sacramentalism that Baptists and other revivalistic groups used to fulfill a gospel mandate, establish new communities especially on the frontier, and extend their religio-cultural influence throughout the nation.
(29.) Caputo makes a distinction between the preaching of repentance in John the Baptist, a preaching that he takes to be too funereal and focused on mourning, and the preaching of repentance in Jesus, which is more salvifically joyful and productive of celebration.
But according to MacGregor, "God could have placed each elect individual in a salvifically comparable set of circumstances where that person would have been freely damned" and vice versa, a choice which "hinge[s] solely on the good pleasure of God" (83).
(12) Thus, language pervades the passage as a trope both for the spiritually ineffectual communication of barbarity (unfathomably violent) and for the saving force of spiritual transformation (paradoxically, salvifically violent).
Procreation is viewed as salvifically and nationally significant; parallels to this idea are found in Zoroastrian literature.
Matthey discusses this and refers to the letter of evangelical concerns sent to delegates at the San Antonio conference in 1989..The letter said, "Some assert that Christ's spirit is present salvifically in all religions and thus sever Christ from Jesus of Nazareth ...
As Paul says in the Acts of the Apostles, God has allowed himself to be revealed salvifically to the different peoples until the time comes when all these peoples are called to form a people of peoples, which is the new people of God.
Some colleagues concentrated on reforming the Armenian Orthodox Church, which they believed was corrupt, and therefore salvifically bankrupt (about one-third of the local population were Armenian Christians), but Pfander quickly turned his attention to attempting to communicate the Gospel to Muslims (about two-thirds of the local population).
First from the mouths of the Apostles and then by the voice of the Church this was passed on and has come to us, to work effectively and salvifically in us, "because in accepting the word of God by hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe" (1 Thes 2:13).