By: Douglas M. Williams Sr
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you werecalled” (Ephesians 4:1).
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3:1).
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21).
“Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
People are called by the gospel to become Christians (2 Thessalonians 2:14), and as Christians we have a “heavenly calling” that involves our walking “worthy of the calling with which you were called.”
What does it mean to call on the Lord to be saved? Obviously it does not mean to pray for salvation by calling the Lord’s name because Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). We see then that to call on the Lord means to obey what He has told us to do.
To be forgiven of sin and prepare to go to heaven, we must:
- Believe in Jesus as God’s Son (John 8:24);
- Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3);
- Confess our faith in Jesus as God’s Son (Matthew 10:32-33);
- Be baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27).
- Live as faithful children of God
Jesus said, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).