Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Call

Thanks be to God, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, 'WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek [Gentile or non-Jew]; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for 'WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'" (Romans 10:9-13)

Who is it that can be saved from the wrath to come?

The Scripture tells us that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved. And what is it that results in righteousness? Believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. And what results in salvation? Confessing this amazing truth with your mouth. The Word declares that the same Lord is Lord of all, and whoever will call on Him shall not be disappointed. Hallelujah!

But for those of us who have believed... how is it that we have come to know the Truth? Was it by some special revelation? Perhaps for a few, but by far the majority of us came to faith because someone cared enough to tell us! Scripture continues:

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, 'HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!'" (Romans 10:14-15)

Jesus has commissioned His followers to go out and tell the world about Him (see Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; and Acts 1:8), so you have been sent. Will you obey this commission and go and preach? If you will preach, they will hear. If they will hear, then they can believe. If they will believe, then they will call on Him. And if they will call on Him, then they will be saved (cf. Romans 10:13).

Lord, I pray that my feet would be called beautiful by You, as I try to be faithful in bringing Your good news of good things to those who are yet far from you. Father, glorify Your Name!

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