Friday, July 24, 2009

Call on the Name

“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.” (Ro 10:12-13 AV)

I have often wondered just what this means, to call on the Name of the LORD. Here Paul is saying that there is no difference between Jew and Greek. If you are religious, or not religious, the only way you can be saved is by calling on the Name of the LORD. Paul says the gospel is an offense to the religous man, and foolishness to the non religious soul. The religious man must repent of his pride, renounce the religion of man, where he is still very much in control, and fall on Jesus. Perhaps those not steeped in religion have an easier road to the cross. Once the existence of a Holy God is presented to them, they would have no suppositions to righteousness like the religous crowd does.

Doesn't it all come down to humility? Religion is the paragon of pride, assuming that someone one can do something for God. Of course, this is preposterous! How could the created ever do anything for the Creator? What does our God require of us but to fear Him and walk humbly before Him? He does not desire servants, but friends. He invites us to intimacy with Him. If we humble ourselves, admit we are nothing, and never will be anything, and call on His name, we shall be saved.

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