Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Who will be in heaven? People have a variety of answers to this question..
Some want to believe that every person who was good here on earth will arrive on Heavens shore. The Bible says that is not so. Read John 3. Some feel if they do good works and are helpful toward others they might get in. The Bible again says this will not happen. It is not by works. Read Ephesians 2. So who then, and how then do we get into heaven? This small verse in Acts 2:21 explains so much.!
It says, “whosoever shall “call on” the name of the Lord.” Not those who just believe in a Jesus will get in. Many people in the bible saw and believed in a man named Jesus, but remained lost. It is not only believing it happened the way the Bible says it does, but we must also call on Jesus name. What does it mean then to call on? The Greek word is epikaleomai (pronounced ep-ee-kal-eh’-om-ahee if that matters to you.) It means to entitle; to invoke for aid, to worship, etc.: it also means to appeal to. It is more than just praying a prayer. It means believing in your heart what you are praying with your mouth. It is calling on Jesus because you have made a decision and are making an appeal to Him to entitle Him to be Lord of your life. (So much for the Greek Lesson today)
The great news in this verse is that salvation is available to everyone. Anyone can become part of the elect of Christ by calling on Him. There is not one person ever who cannot be saved. It says “whosoever…” and that includes us all.
Even after salvation we should continue to call on the Lord daily. Trusting in Jesus for all we need, and daily yielding our all to Him. However, it all begins with that first call on Him for our salvation. Have you made that call?
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Numbers 35, 36 / Psalm 73:1-14 / Proverbs 23 / Acts 1-2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Deuteronomy 4 – 5 / Mark 16
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director