Rom. 10.13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
I am currently preaching through the book of Romans. This last week I approached the 3rd part of Paul’s four part argument regarding why the inviolable love of God in Christ remains intact, even though it may seem outwardly that Israel has been severed from its own inviolable promises. (The theme of Rom. 9-11) He is suring up the Believer in his trust in Christ and perseverance.
As I worked through the passage, I had occasion to read Spurgeon’s sermon on Rom. 10.13 as cited above. Spurgeon notes that in a survey of Scripture you find that to “call upon the Lord” is seen in 4 contexts. To call upon the Lord is used in terms of WORSHIPPING God. To call upon the Lord is seen in the context of PRAYER. To call upon the Lord is also used of TRUSTING God. And lastly, to call upon the Lord is also used of PROFESSING faith in the Lord.
So it is I pose the question to you dear reader – Do you worship Jesus Christ as God? Do you call upon Him in life’s needs – and especially have you called upon HIm to forgive your sins and make you his own? Are you trusting the atoning, substitutionary of Jesus at Calvary alone for your right standing with God? Do you make an open profession of Him as your Savior and Lord? This is what it means to call upon Him. And those who do – WILL be saved.
Come worship God, in Christ today
Eternal, God, the Son
The radiance of God’s glory shown
Yet sinners – does not shun
Cry for mercy loud and strong
Plead for love’s great grace
His ears are open to the cries
Of such as seek His face
Trust Him as your Sacrifice
Tormented for your shame
Trust nothing else in Heav’n or earth
No Church, no Way, no Name
Profess Him, as your God and King
Sweet Jesus, crucified
The Lamb of God for sinners slain
In sinner’s place, He died
Oh call upon the Lord’s dear name
Who hear me – don’t delay
The Righteous Judge of all the earth
Will pardon you – today!