"Calling upon the name of the Lord"

Sunday, November 23 2008 @ 05:00 AM CST

Contributed by: Harold

Radio transcript for November 23 and 29, 2008

Harold Bigham preaches on "Calling upon the name of the Lord" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Romans 10:8-17 states:
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Our lesson today concerns "Calling upon the name of the Lord". What is involved when a person calls upon the name of the Lord? I want to study with you today what this verse teaches. In doing this, we will see that when one calls upon the name of the Lord that the person has obeyed the gospel terms of salvation which is to hear the gospel (Romans 10:17); believe (Hebrews 11:6); Repent of sins (Luke 13:3,5); Confess the name of Christ as the only begotten Son of God (Acts 8:36) and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). When one has obeyed these terms of salvation then they have called upon the name of the of the Lord.

In the context of our scripture reading for today's lesson, we see that God's Word is to be preached and we read that we must hear the gospel. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). We also read that we must believe. The writer, the apostle Paul stresses the point that we must have faith. Confession of Christ's name is stated as a requirement to be saved. Although repentance and baptism are not mentioned here in the context, these are part of preaching the Word of God. All of these terms of salvation must be done by people in order to be saved from their sins. As we read the conversions in the book of Acts we notice that Luke the writer stresses what people did in New Testament times. In Acts 2:21 Peter stated, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." These people on the day of Pentecost called upon the name of the Lord when they obeyed the gospel. Notice how they obeyed the gospel. They heard the gospel ( Acts 2:22); Believed (Acts 2:37); Repented of their sins and were baptized (Acts 2:38). By inference they also made the good confession of Christ's name. Read and notice that all of the terms of salvation are mentioned throughout the conversions in the book of Acts and in many other New Testament verses dealing with our salvation. Study the conversions in Acts chapters 2; 8; 9; 10; and 16. When one obeys these terms of salvation, then they have called upon the name of the Lord.

As we further study our lesson, read with me another verse. In Acts 22:16 the Bible states, "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Ananias, the gospel preacher encouraged and commanded Saul (later to be renamed Paul) to be baptized to wash away his sins. Ananias said that after a person is baptized that he has now called upon the name of the Lord. From this verse we can understand that calling upon the name of the Lord is a phrase that means that we have obeyed God's plan of Salvation. Is baptism the only part of God's plan of salvation? No, but it is the final act that actually places us within Christ. Galatians 3:26-27 states, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Let's read the conversion account of Paul that is referenced in Acts 22:16.

In Acts 9, the Bible states, "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,Saul, why persecutest thou me?And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my nameâ??s sake. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized" (Acts 9:1-18).

Saul was told to "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do" (Acts 9:6). Saul heard the gospel and believed; He repented of his sins and made the good confession of Christ's name. He then was baptized for the remission of his sins. By obeying God's terms of salvation, Saul (Paul) called upon the name of the Lord.

Let us also notice how the phrase is used about some others in our reading. Notice also that the account speaks of the disciples who were being persecuted. Saul was given the authority or permission to persecute disciples of Christ by the chief priests. "And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name" (Acts 9:14). Now, let's understand again what is involved when one calls upon the name of the Lord. Calling upon the name of the Lord is not a verbal pronunciation. These disciples were being persecuted because they obeyed the gospel and were living the christian life! Read Acts 9:1-2 again, "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."

Jesus taught, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23). Note that Jesus said that many will verbally state that Jesus is their "Lord" but he will not accept them. The reason is that they have not done the will of His Father. Jesus stresses the importance of obeying His Father's will. Jesus stated, "he that doeth the will of my Father". When we have obeyed God's Word we have called upon the name of the Lord.

We can now understand that "Calling upon the name of the Lord" is not something that we speak or say verbally. "Calling upon the name of the Lord" is not done by a certain phrase that we might pronounce. Rather, when one calls upon the name of the Lord he or she has obeyed the gospel plan of salvation and has been added to the Lord's church, the church of Christ. God commands that we have obedient faith which is a working faith. "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love" (Galatians 5:6).


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