Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Question >"Call On The Name of The Lord" Why?

What does it mean to call upon the name of the Lord? (Gen 4:26, Acts 2:21) Is this different than prayer?

Prayer can be described as talking to the Lord.
In the Old Testament book of Genesis it says Seth is a man of God who seems to have gotten his people to again trust the Lord.
Seth was described by his mother Eve as a blessing of replacement after her son Cain murdered his brother Able.  Previously Adam and Eve had sinned and separated all of humanity from God.  Later Cain killed Able.  Death and sin made mankind aware of the need to go back to the Lord.  Men should call His name for forgiveness, fellowship and for how to live rightly.    

Genesis 4:26 (NKLV)
26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.

In the New Testament in the history book of Acts Peter preached the verse you referred to.  Peter in the New Testament was preaching this verse from the Old Testament prophet Joel.  The phrase “And it shall come to pass” was now coming to pass.  Jesus Christ who was fully God and fully man had died on the cross, was resurrected and now ascended into Heaven.  He told the Disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait.  What were they waiting for?  They were waiting for Holy Spirit to fall and empower them for ministry.  This verse declares now is the time to declare that Jesus Christ died for your sins and if you repent from sin and turn to Christ you can be forgiven and have eternal life with the Father.   

Acts 2:21
21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’

These verses are not prayers.  You can pray these verses.
You can call on the name of the Lord and receive salvation and help.
Please do and continue to “Call upon the name of the Lord” once for salvation, and then often for help and direction.

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