Salvation: Phase 1
9 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
[Romans 10:9-13] is the most famous scripture regarding salvation and calling on the Name of the Lord.
What does calling on the Name of the Lord mean?
Why would I do that, for what purpose?
These must be answered by all believers, it’s part of our salvation and of being in the family of God.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord …… Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
All Christians have prayed to God. God hears these prayers, whether they’re silent, quiet, or loud. But the practice of calling, which is a form of praying, is definitely audible.
In the Bible, the Hebrew word for call means to call out to, to cry unto, and the Greek word means to invoke a person, to call a person by name.
What’s the Purpose of this?
The meaning of the name Enosh gives us a clue. It means frail, mortal man.
Because of mankind’s fall, man was frail and without God, the meaning of his existence. From the time of Enosh, men realized the emptiness and vanity of life apart from God as well as their own fragility and mortality.
They began to call upon the name of Jehovah, the Hebrew word for Lord. The meaning of the name Jehovah is I am that I am.
He is the eternal God, the unique One who is; everything and everyone else is not. Frail, mortal human beings realized they needed the eternal God.
The first time we call upon the name of Jesus to receive God’s salvation is just the beginning. After our initial salvation, by calling on Jesus we begin to experience other aspects of salvation in Christ.
Salvation: Phase 2
Salvation: Phase 2 includes daily salvation from many negative things, such as anger, depression, impatience, sadness, discouragement, and anxiety, to name a few.
The second phase of Salvation is when God begins to separate us from the world system and their thinking. By calling on the Lord’s name, we contact the Lord who is dwelling in our spirit as the life-giving Spirit. When we call on Jesus, He saves us by imparting more of His divine life into us.
Salvation: Phase 3
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
The practice of calling upon the Lord as revealed in the Bible isn’t to say the Lord’s name as a lifeless ritual. It is our calling on the One we love, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherever we are and at any time, whether we call loudly or softly, just like a child gets the mother he calls out to, we get our living Lord. The Lord Jesus is always available. He’s just a call away!
Calling upon the Lord Jesus is like drawing refreshing water from a deep well that never runs dry. We receive Him as a fresh, satisfying supply. Our human Spirit yearns for the pure riches we receive when we call on the Lord’s precious name.
Lord Jesus our Savior,
Thank you for our salvation and the healing of our lives. Today, we ask for a drink from your water of life, that we may continue in You and be separated from the things that hold us back from our best life.