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Whosoever Shall Call

Whosoever Shall Call Upon The Name Of The Lord

 

Romans 10:13 (KJV)…whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Most modern churches preach this as the gospel.  They say, “All you have to do is ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you.”

What’s wrong with this?

If you tell a lost person that all he has to do is call on the name of the Lord, without him understanding about the blood atonement of Jesus at Calvary, he will always trust in his work of calling, rather than trusting in what Jesus did for him.

He’ll say, “I’m saved, because I called and asked God to save me.”

Jesus himself had something to say about these people:

Matthew 7:21-3 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of 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.

Here were people who called on the name of the Lord (Lord, Lord,) who were not saved!  In fact, Jesus said, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

These people were never saved. Why? How do you know?  Because Jesus said they were “workers of iniquity.”  That can only mean these people were trusting in their works.  Which works?  Certainly they weren’t trusting in their bad works, so they must have been trusting in their good works for God’s acceptance. To prove this interpretation, these people even quoted their own “many wonderful works” to justify themselves to the Lord,  have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

But Jesus answered that their trusting in their “many wonderful works” made them “workers of iniquity.”   What is iniquity?  It is sin.  If you are trying to justify yourself to God by your good and many wonderful works, the Bible calls that a sin.

Why? Because Isaiah said:

Isaiah 64:6all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags

            He didn’t say all our bad works are as filthy rags, even though they are.  But he is illustrating that if we are trusting in our own self-righteousness, we are sinning.  Why?  Because if we could earn God’s grace and salvation by our own good works, then Jesus died for nothing!

Jesus knows we are sinners, and can’t live a sinless life, so He paid the price for our sins in our place as our substitute.  He lived the sinless life for us, and imputes his righteousness to us by grace when we trust in His substitutionary blood atonement as a perfect propitiation.  But, if we don’t accept that as sufficient, and try to add our own righteousness to what Jesus did for us at Calvary, then God won’t accept it. The Bible calls it iniquity—sin! God doesn’t need your help to save you, He is able to save you by His own design and provision.  You go to Heaven His way or not at all!

So, is the Bible wrong when it says, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved?  Of course not.  How do we reconcile this?

The only way is to let the Bible explain itself.  From the beginning, God provided salvation to Adam and Eve by washing their sin away in the blood of the lamb of God in type.

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

God slew a lamb, which He provided, and clothed them in the blood of the lamb of God—which is the first prophecy of Jesus Christ in type!

Their son Abel followed the way his father Adam explained it to him, and:

Genesis 4:4 … Abel…brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering…

            And Abel slew the lamb on a great stone:  [a rock].

1 Samuel 6:18 unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone remaineth unto this day...

and put his faith in the blood of the lamb of God, (which was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, who washed us from our sins in his own blood).

Revelation 1:5Jesus Christ…loved us…washed us from our sins in his own blood

John 1:29…John seeth Jesus…and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

God accepted Abel’s faith in the blood of the lamb of God, and testified:

Matthew 23:35 …righteous Abel

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying…

            After Abel’s death, Adam and Eve had another son, Seth.

Genesis 4:26 And to Seth…then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Genesis 12:8 …he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

Genesis 13:4 Unto the place of the altar…Abram called on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 21:33…Abraham …called…on the name of the LORD…

Genesis 26:25he builded an altar…called upon the name of the LORD…

            The Bible testifies that when men began to call upon the name of the Lord, it was always at an altar made of unfinished stone, upon which a sacrifice was laid, and the blood of the sacrifice testified of the faith of that man. This was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, on the altar at Calvary.

The prophet Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.

1 Kings 18:30  And Elijah …repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

1 Kings 18:24I will call on the name of the LORD…

            Even Manoah knew enough to offer a lamb on a rock altar unto the Lord.

Judges 13:17-22 … Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name… Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD…For …when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. … Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.  But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands…

            This proves that when a man called on the name of the Lord, it was always with a lamb offering slain upon a rock altar.

            Why a rock altar?

            Type of Jesus.  Jesus is the Rock!

1 Corinthians 10:4they drank of that spiritual Rock that Rock was Christ.

So, whenever men called upon the name of the Lord, it was always at an altar with a sacrifice, as a type in prophecy of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD…deliver my soul.

Psalms 116:13…I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

Psalms 116:17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

Joel 2:32…whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered…

Zephaniah 3:9they may all call upon the name of the LORD…

            When the Lord Jesus showed up, he was the lamb of God which God provided for us, like he did Adam, and he was sacrificed for our salvation.  He was a better sacrifice than was slain as a type in the Old Testament.  On the cross, Jesus looked up to His Father and said,

John 19:30 … It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

            And the Father looked down at Jesus on the cross and was satisfied with the sacrifice.

Isaiah 53:11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

            There was no more need now for an animal to shed his blood as a type, because the real thing was here and shed God’s blood!

Hebrews 10:26 …there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins…

            Since the cross, no one will sacrifice any more animals, and we believe that Jesus’ blood atonement at Calvary is sufficient to wash us from our sins and take us to Heaven. 

            The Bible is true when it says:

Acts 2:21whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13… whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

And when people call on the name of the Lord to be saved now, it is with the full understanding of the fulfillment of prophecy, and that there was an altar of the cross upon which the perfect sacrifice was slain, once for all time for all people.  And we are saved through faith in His blood atonement on that altar!

Romans 3:25 …Jesus…Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

            To sum up, many people have called on the name of the Lord, but some were not saved because they didn’t know about the altar, the blood, the lamb of God, the substitutionary sacrifice atonement, etc., but were instead trusting in God to help them keep the commandments so they can justify themselves to the Lord at the judgment.

            In fact, many repentant sinners think they are saved because they go to the altar in the church sanctuary, confess their sins, shake the preacher’s hand and are pronounced to be saved by the preacher, priest, or worker.  What’s wrong with that?

·        Wrong altar!

·        Wrong rock!

·        Wrong blood!

            The right blood was shed at Calvary, not by the priest in a chalice in the church at a fake altar!

Today, the perverted gospel which says, call upon the name of the Lord to be saved,” (with no understanding of the blood)  always leaves out:

·        the correct altar,

·        the Rock, and

·        the blood!

The correct altar was a cross at Calvarynot in the church building.  And the high priest was our Saviour—Jesus Christ—the lamb of God, the Rock, which God provided—not some man who claims to be a priest, preacher, or descendent of Peter. 

There is no rock in the altar in a Baptist church! There is no blood at the altar in a Baptist church! There is no altar in a Baptist church!

Our altar is at Calvary! To preach it any other way is to confuse the sinner.  And God is not the author of confusion. 

            Is it any wonder why some sinners don’t get saved when they can’t even discern the correct altar in the church?  Preachers say, “Jesus died at Calvary on the cross,” and then they invite sinners to, “come to the altar in the church,” The sinner doesn’t see Jesus standing there.

Confusion.  

Some preachers say, “Jesus paid for all your sins at Calvary,” but then in the next breath say, “If you don’t come to the altar to get saved, you’ll die in your sins.”

Confusion.

They should preach, “Go to the cross!”

            Someone once asked me, “How much do you have to know to be saved?”

            I replied, “You have to know enough to be saved.”

            That’s why we should preach the gospel to someone, and make sure he understands it, before he calls upon the name of the Lord for salvation.  Just because someone calls on the name of the Lord doesn’t mean he’s saved.  God only saves a sinner when He knows that sinner is believing correctly.  (He must call correctly.  And the only way to call correctly is by FAITH in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ -- THE ROCK -- who shed his blood on the altar of the cross for our sins!)

            Salvation is by God’s grace—a free gift—imputed to one who’s faith is in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ on the altar of Calvary as sufficient to wash him from all his sins and take him to Heaven.

 

            I have just presented the Bible explanation of :

Matthew 7:21-3 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of 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.

And,

Romans 10:13 (KJV)…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

            Jesus doesn’t want us to ask Him, “Lord, will you please come into my heart and forgive me of my sins and save me?”

            Jesus asks us to believe that He already paid your sin debt in His own blood at Calvary!

 

            Do you believe it?

 

            Trust His substitutionary blood atonement alone to take you to Heaven.

           

            When you do, He’ll give you the new birth, impute Jesus’ righteousness to you, impart  His Holy Spirit to dwell in you, and give you assurance of eternal life!

           

Isaiah 32:17

            And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance   for ever.

            The work of righteousness is when the Lord imputes his righteousness to you at the moment of the new birth. You are then eternally secure in him, and have eternal life.The effect of salvation is  assurance  f‑o‑r‑e‑v‑e‑r!   

 

            Are you saved?

            Do you have assurance?

            Do you believe what Jesus did at Calvary is sufficient to take you to Heaven without trusting in your own righteousness added into the “process?”

            Salvation is not a “process,” it’s instantaneous.

            Jesus gives you eternal life instantly when He knows you are believing right.

Jesus paid it all for you.

 

 

            Do you believe it?  Or do you continually doubt?  Do you "ASK" God to save you over and over, always wondering if YOU DID enough, or SAID the right thing?  If so, you're most likely not saved.  YOU MUST TRUST THE BLOOD ALONE!