Sunday, October 18, 2009
WHAT NAME HAVE YOU CALLED ON?
The Scriptures make it quite clear that every sinner elected by God the Father in the everlasting covenant of grace, is justified freely by Christ's substitutionary work of redemption at Calvary, and will call on the name of the Lord.
"And because YE ARE sons, (an event that has already occurred in spiritual adoption) God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father."
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
The Scriptures declare boldly that "Because ye are sons", you will in time evidence your sonship by calling on God as YOUR FATHER.
Here is an important question:
‘If almost everyone we know (including ourselves) has at some point called on the name "Jesus," and asked Him to save them, can we assume they are indeed God's children?'
Before answering, HEAR GOD'S WORD:
"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."
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
Now that simple verse, "For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved," doesn't seem so simple.
Dear friend, this is a life or death matter, and we must be certain of the name we have called on as the God of our salvation.
You might be asking yourself: What NAME must I call on?
First of all, you need to realize that your calling on God (faith) isn't the ground, cause, or hope of your salvation.
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
Secondly, you need to understand that God's name is uniquely revealed to each of His children, AND THEY ALL KNOW HIS NAME.
"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, (know in an intimate relationship as Adam KNEW Eve, and she conceived) THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
God revealed His NAME to Moses and that name was directly related to His glory.
"And He (God) said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy." (Exodus 33:19)
His NAME is what reveals how He can be just and justify ungodly sinners.
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS (JEHOVAH WHO SAVES): for he shall (not might) save his people from their sins."
If YOU ARE A SON, then you either are calling on (in true worship) or will yet be brought to call on JESUS as "the Lord your righteousness," the ONLY HOPE OF SALVATION.
If the ‘jesus' you call on only made your salvation possible, you are still in a state of lostness. I pray you have called and are calling on "THE NAME OF THE LORD," worshipping Him in spirit and truth, wholly forgiven and justified by His blood and righteousness alone, Philippians 3:3.
By Richard Warmack