And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD promised, among the remnant called by the LORD.
I. IN WHAT THE DELIVERANCE CONSISTS. Not in exemption or release from temporal calamity or disaster; but in spiritual rescue and emancipation - salvation from sin, its bondage and its penalty.
II. UPON WHAT CONDITION THE DELIVERANCE IS PROFFERED AND PROMISED, Calling upon the Name of the Lord involves:
1. A sense of personal need and danger.
2. A conviction of the power of God to save.
3. Faith in his declared willingness to be the Deliverer of his people.
4. The cry of the heart to God the Saviour.
III. TO WHOM THE PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE IS ADDRESSED. "Whosoever" is a wide, all-embracing term, comprehending not only every class of society, but every nation, and every grade of character. St. Paul himself scarcely went beyond this, when he said that "God is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe." - T.
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.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.I. THE TIME OF THIS PROCLAMATION IS PRESENT. The time spoken of by Joel began at Pentecost. The Holy Ghost, who then came down to earth, has never returned; He is still in the midst of the Church, performing moral and spiritual miracles in our midst. To-day complete salvation is promised to every one that believeth in Jesus.
II. THE WIDE RANGE OF THE PROCLAMATION. "Whosoever." All classes, all ages, all conditions, all degrees of guilt and misery and wickedness.
III. HOW PLAIN AND SIMPLE IS THE REQUIREMENT. "Call on the name of the Lord." This is "The plain man's pathway to heaven." Believe and live. What does calling on the name of the Lord mean?
1. To believe in God as He reveals Himself in Scripture.
2. To call upon His name in prayer.
3. To confess that name.As the requirement is plain, so the assurance of blessing is positive. "Shall be saved." Remember that this is a personal blessing to you.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
II. AS QUOTED BY ST. PETER (Acts 2:21).
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.
IV. AS TRUE TO OURSELVES.
1. It points to a means of safety.
(1) (2) (3) 2. By a simple way. (1) (2) (3) 3. Open to all. (1) (2) (3) (J. H. Barnett.).
(2) (3) 2. By a simple way. (1) (2) (3) 3. Open to all. (1) (2) (3) (J. H. Barnett.).
(3) 2. By a simple way. (1) (2) (3) 3. Open to all. (1) (2) (3) (J. H. Barnett.).
2. By a simple way.
3. Open to all. (J. H. Barnett.).
3. Open to all.
(J. H. Barnett.).
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