And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
I. ITS NATURE.
1. Deliverance from —
(1) The guilt of sin.
(2) The power of sin.
(3) The punishment of sin.
2. Deliverance to —
(1) Acceptance with God.
(2) Conquest of evil.
II. ITS CONDITION. Calling on the name of the Lord, involving —
1. A sense of helplessness. A man in the water will not cry if he can wade to dry land, but only when he feels in danger of drowning without assistance.
2. A conviction of His power to help on whom we call. A beggar will not waste time in asking alms of another beggar; a sick man will scarcely rouse himself to seek medical help from one in the same condition.
3. An assurance that He on whom we call will help us when we call. This is faith. The call should be earnest and persevering.
III. ITS SCORE. "Whosoever."
1. Poor as well as rich.
2. Ignorant as well as learned.
3. Bad as well as good. What an encouragement to convinced sinners, Sunday-school teachers, preachers, and missionaries.
(J. W. Burn.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.