A Wide Gospel
Joel 2:32
And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered…

I. AS UTTERED BY JOEL. It has a special reference to national and temporary circumstances. Joel depicts the judgments of God on Judah, and calls to repentance. He exhorts to trust in the Lord for deliverance. Then predicts extraordinary gifts of the Spirit; and hints at terrible convulsions of nature in the last times.


1. He gives to the whole passage a Christian signification. Sees in the events of the day of Pentecost an accomplishment of vers. 28, 29. Quotes the text as an exhortation to his hearers to call on the Lord Jesus Christ.

III. AS REITERATED BY ST. PAUL (Romans 10:13). The text now gains its widest Christian meaning.

2. It is coupled here with Isaiah 28:16, and made applicable to the whole world.

3. It is thus extensive; none are excluded. Intensive; every individual is exhorted to personal faith in Jesus.


1. It points to a means of safety.

(1)  Proverbs 18:10.

(2)  Jesus is our Lord.

(3)  Running to and into Him is renouncing all trust in self, and taking shelter in His merits and atonement.

2. By a simple way.

(1)  Illustrate by Acts 25:11, 12.

(2)  A believing appeal to Jesus means deliverance from the curse of an offended law, from the penalty of sin.

(3)  Salvation by His intercession.

3. Open to all.

(1)  Illustrate by Deuteronomy 19:2, 3.

(2)  Jesus is the refuge of all sinners.

(3)  Every one may be saved by Him.None are so sin-stricken that they cannot call. None so guilty that they may not call. None so righteous that they have no need to call.

(J. H. Barnett.).

Parallel Verses
KJV: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

WEB: It will happen that whoever will call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, as Yahweh has said, and among the remnant, those whom Yahweh calls.

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