“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. What does that mean? Do we just mutter the words and ‘POOF’ we are saved? Can anybody do it? Can Satan and the demons call on the name of the Lord and be saved? Obviously not. There is more to calling on the name of the Lord than simply speaking words. Calling on the name of the Lord means we acknowledge we are in deep trouble in our sins and we need Jesus to save us. (Matthew 1:21 says His very name means “save”). We are convicted and convinced in our hearts that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and conquered the grave as He victoriously rose from the dead. He is the only one who can save us and we trust Him so much that we surrender and submit our lives to Him as the one and only Sovereign King. Then we devote our lives to live for Him and we are saved by His grace as we put our faith in Him. In Acts 2 there were 3,000 Jews who called on the name of the Lord in one day. They believed Jesus was THE Messiah, they repented of their sins, were baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of those sins, and they received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But it didn’t stop there. They topped it off by continuously devoting their very lives to live for Jesus with joy and praise to the Lord. Read Acts 2:16-47 and listen to The Saving One by Starfield. I hope everyone reading this devotional has called on the name of the Lord like the 3,000 Jews did on the day of Pentecost. If you have not and would like to study out what God’s word says I would be greatly honored to assist you. Have a great day close to Jesus, the Saving One.
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.