Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Magnificent Salvation of God: Salvation's Savior (Part IV)

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.” (Romans 10:11-13)

The last part of this passage is a quotation of Joel 2:32. The message of these verses may be presented in three parts. First of all, there is the audience. This salvation invitation is to whosoever. God is not partial; He is also not a Calvinist. He would “...have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2:4).” The context of Joel 2:32 is the Day of the LORD when Christ comes back to reward His enemies, redeem Israel, and establish His kingdom. Just as Jew and Gentile may call upon Him in that day and be delivered (saved), even so may Jew and Gentile call upon Him today and be saved. The second part to this message is the attitude. Everyone is welcome to call, but not everyone will. A man must see himself as lost and wicked; otherwise, he will see no need to call. A man must come to the end of himself; otherwise, he will not call. Jesus will not accept a position on the shelf of a man's idols. He expects the idols to be cleared off and the shelf reserved for none but Him. Humility is the attitude with which a man must call. He must acknowledge the value of the fear of the Lord and call out in faith. The last part of this message is the affirmation. God assures salvation to the repentant sinner who calls out for help in faith. It is an affirmation of the highest quality, because it is given by Him “...that cannot lie...(Titus 1:2).”

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