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LENT 1 – March 10, 2019 – Romans 10:8-13 “CALL ON THE LORD”

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the Epistle Lesson just read, from Romans 10.  We begin with prayer.

 

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

  • The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness was far greater than most of us will ever have to endure. His sure defense in each instance was to take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 
  • Though Jesus was God, and could simply have answered on His own, He instead quotes the written Scripture. This informs us as to how we are to combat temptations – by using the written Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. 
  • We do have our temptations. It is part of sinful nature to disbelieve, to fear, to worry, to be anxious.  In our text, the apostle encourages us how to fend off these things.  He gives us assurances as to God’s good and gracious will toward us, His great and perfect love for us.  And it is not all that difficult for us to do this.  The Word of God is near, bidding us to “CALL ON THE LORD.”
  • First:

 

I.  Let Us Call Upon The Lord For His Grace, Mercy, And Forgiveness

 

Eph. 1:7  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” 

 

Text:  “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”

 

A.  We Call Upon Him Confessing Our Sins

 

1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

B.  We Call Upon Him By Believing In His Suffering, Death, And Resurrection For Our Salvation

 

1 John 2:2  “He is the blood atonement for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 

 

Statement:  This is what God has done for us in Christ Jesus, out of His enormous love for us.  Obviously He wants us to take advantage of these great gifts by faith, by receiving them and rejoicing in them.  The Word of God is “near, in your mouth and in your heart – the Word of faith.” 

 

Application:  To this day, God’s ministers proclaim this same Word of faith, from the Holy Scriptures of God.  We do not make up our own thoughts and ideas, but quote from the Scriptures – as Jesus did.  And by the power of that Word you have come to faith and salvation – for you also confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.  Therefore you are saved. This is what the apostle is exhorting us to do:

II.  God Wants Us To Confess Jesus As Lord, That He Died For Our Sins And Was Raised By God From The Dead

A.  If We Believe In Jesus And Confess Him As Lord We Will Be Saved

 

Text:  “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

B.  And We Are Justified, Accounted To Be Perfectly Holy And Righteous In God’s Sight, By Simply Believing In Jesus

 

Text:  “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

C.  And As Believers, We Will Not Be Put To Shame

 

Text:  “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”

D.  And Calling On The Lord With True Faith In Jesus Means We Are Saved

 

Text:  “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

Statement:  It is God Who provides His Word to us, the Gospel which is “the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.”  Faith comes, by the power of the Holy Spirit, by hearing God’s Word.  So God provided salvation for us, provided the saving means which brings us to faith, and God Himself through His Word grants us faith.  And this faith justifies us, and saves us, and preserves us from being “put to shame.” 

 

Application:  And lastly God encourages us to call upon Him.  He wants us to appeal to Him, to rely upon Him, to trust in Him, to call upon Him, to believe in Him.  And all the fullness of His blessings are promised to all who do just this.

 

Conclusion:  It has always been this way for God and His dear people of faith.  Abraham, a “wandering Aramean,” “believed in God, and God counted it to him as righteousness.”  God justified Him, and because Abraham called on God in faith, He was justified and saved.  The same was true for all true children of God, believers, through human history. 

 

So let us also rejoice to call on the Name of the Lord.  Let us rejoice to confess that He is our Savior and our Lord to all we meet.  This also pleases God Who “wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

 

Thanks and praise be to God for “bestowing His riches on all who call on Him.”  Amen.

 

Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.