“Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21 HCSB)
Contrary to what some believe, God means for everyone to be saved. According to today’s verse, salvation is for everyone. The every, “everyone,” excludes no one. NO ONE is excluded from God’s amazing love and the salvation He has provided us through His Son, Jesus. In His sovereignty, God allows us to chose whether we will call upon Jesus for our salvation, or not. He does not force salvation, or damnation on anyone. He leaves it up to us to decide.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:16-17 HCSB).”
Calling upon Jesus to save us requires that we humble ourselves and admit three things:
- That we are insufficient, and thus incapable of saving ourselves because of our sinful nature about which we can do nothing.
- That Jesus is the Lord and Master of all things, including life and death. He is the Lord of our lives whether we like it or not.
- That without Jesus death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and His resurrection from the dead to give us eternal life, we would have no hope.
Jesus said this:
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6 HCSB).”
If we don’t call out to the Lord Jesus to forgive our sin, and confess Him as Lord of our lives, we cannot be saved. Here’s what God, through the Apostle Paul, says:
“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation (Romans 10:9-10 HCSB).”
Knowing these truths, what will you chose to do?
In Christ’s love,