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Calling Upon the Name of the Lord[Acts 5:33-7:1]

Calling Upon the Name of the Lord

Let's Pray:

We worship You for Your name, which is so all-inclusive, great, high, and rich. We hide ourselves and keep ourselves within this name.

Hymn:255

O Lord, breathe Thy Spirit on me,

Teach me how to breathe Thee in;

Help me pour into Thy bosom

All my life of self and sin.

I am breathing out my sorrow,

Breathing out my sin;

I am breathing, breathing, breathing,

All Thy fulness in.

Today's Verses and Footnotes: Acts 5:33-7:1
Key Verses:

Acts 2:21

 

Acts 2:38

 

 

Acts 22:16

 

...everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

… Repent and each one of you be baptized upon the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And now, why do you delay? Rise up and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.

Life Supply:
Acts 2:21 speaks of calling on the name of the Lord. The name denotes the person. Jesus is the name of the Lord, and the Spirit is His Person. When we call, “Lord Jesus,” we receive the Spirit.

According to the context, 2:21 is the conclusion of the quotation of Joel’s prophecy, which began in verse 17. The fact that verse 21 is the conclusion of the quotation indicates that the issue of God’s pouring out of His Spirit upon all flesh is their salvation through calling on the name of the Lord. God’s outpouring of His Spirit is the application of the Lord’s salvation unto His chosen people. To be saved is to receive this Spirit, which is the blessing of the gospel in God’s New Testament economy (Gal. 3:2, 5, 14). This Spirit is the Lord Himself as the breath (John 20:22) and the living water (John 4:10, 14) to us. To breathe Him in as our breath and drink Him as our living water, we need to call upon Him. Lamentations 3:55-56 indicates that calling upon the Lord is breathing, and Isaiah 12:3 and 4 indicate that calling upon the Lord is drinking. After we believe in the Lord, we need to call upon Him so that we may not only be saved but also enjoy His riches (Rom. 10:12-13). His riches are enjoyed through our calling upon Him by exercising our spirit. This is the real worship of God (John 4:24).

When we preach the gospel and help others to be saved, we need to encourage them to call on the name of the Lord and say, “O Lord Jesus!” From experience we know that the stronger a person calls on the name of the Lord Jesus, the stronger will be his experience of salvation.

Let us suppose that someone who has heard the preaching of the gospel and who wants to be saved prays softly and weakly, “Lord Jesus, You love me, and You died for me. I believe in You.” It may be difficult to recognize that one who prays in such a weak manner is saved. However, suppose someone strongly calls on the name of the Lord Jesus and says, “Lord Jesus! O Lord Jesus! I’m a sinner, Lord, but You died for me! O Lord Jesus, I love You!” No doubt, anyone who prays like this, calling strongly on the name of the Lord, is saved. He may even be beside himself with joy in the Lord for His salvation. (Life-Study of Acts, pp. 71-72)

Questions:

1. Is the practice of calling on the name of the Lord taught in the Scriptures? (See Acts 2:21 note 1, paragraph 1)

2. Why do believers need to call on His name? (See See Acts 2:21 note1, paragraph 2)

3. How can we be saved? (See Acts 2:21, 38)


Tomorrow: The Lord Was Greatly Concerned for His Persecuted One