“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” - Romans 10:13
What is salvation, or being saved?
First of all we have to realize that we are sinners and that we need a saviour. The Bible tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Each one of us, no matter how good we may think we are, is a sinner.
We must also realize there is a payment for our sins. The Bible tells us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) The word wages simply means ‘payment’. So the payment for our sin is death. The realization that we are sinners, and that the payment for our sin is death, reveals our hopeless state; but I am glad the verse didn't stop there! The Bible goes on to say in Romans 6:23, “BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” If the payment for our sin is death, but God’s gift provides us with eternal life, then God’s gift must have paid our sin debt!
So what was God’s gift? The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God’s gift was His only Son. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, to pay our debt, so that we wouldn’t have to.
For a gift to fulfill its purpose, it must be accepted. So how do you accept this free gift from God? Think about our first verse, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Let me show you four quick things about salvation from this verse…
1. God Made it for Everyone … “whosoever”
That word simply means everyone. Regardless of our past experiences and sins, no matter how good or how bad we think we are, God made salvation for everyone.
2. God Made it Easy … “shall call”
A lot of people make getting saved seem like a very hard task, and salvation can sometimes seem unattainable, when in all honesty it's as simple as just asking Christ to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart and save you. When there was something I needed as a kid, I would simply ask my dad; and, if it was a true need, he always made sure it was taken care of. Salvation is that simple. We can simply ask our heavenly father, and He will meet the need.
3. God Made it Exclusive … “upon the name of the Lord”
I am not saved because of my good works, or by any other means. I am saved because I put my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If we want to be saved, we cannot rely on anyone or anything else. We must rely exclusively on Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
4. God Made it Effective … “shall be saved”
God says that if we ask, then He will save. I am sure we have all met people who were not reliable or trustworthy, but I am glad God is not that way! When God says something, then you can count on it being true. God always keeps His word. In this verse God promises that if we put our faith in Christ and call upon Him for salvation, He will save us. If you aren’t saved, you can call upon Christ today and accept his gift of salvation. If you are saved, I challenge you to share this good news with someone else today!
“Salvation is always ‘good news.’ It is news of God’s love and forgiveness - adoption into His family - fellowship with His people - freedom from the penalty of sin - liberation from the power of sin.” - Billy Graham