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THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS - Chapter 10 - Verse 13

Verse 13. For whosoever shall call, etc. This sentiment is found substantially in Joe 2:32, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered." This is expressly applied to the times of the gospel by Peter, in Ac 2:21. See Barnes "Ac 2:21".

To call on the name of the Lord is the same as to call on the Lord himself. The word name is often used in this manner. "The name of the Lord is a strong tower," etc., Pr 18:10; "The name of the God of Jacob defend thee," Ps 20:1. That is, God himself is a strong tower, etc. It is clear, from what follows, that the apostle applies this to Jesus Christ; and this is one of the numerous instances in which the writers of the New Testament apply to him expressions which in the Old Testament are applicable to God. See 1 Co 1:2.

Shall be saved. This is the uniform promise. See Ac 2:21; Ac 22:16, "Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." This is proper and indispensable, because

(1.) we have sinned against God, and it is right that we should confess it.

(2.) Because he only can pardon us, and it is fit, that if we obtain pardon, we should ask it of God.

(3.) To call upon him is to acknowledge him as our Sovereign, our Father, and our Friend; and it is right that we render him our homage. It is implied in this, that we call upon him with right feelings; that is, with a humble sense of our sinfulness and our need of pardon, and with a willingness to receive eternal life as it is offered us in the gospel. And if this be done, this passage teaches us that all may be saved who will do it. He will cast none away who come in this manner. The invitation and the assurance extend to all nations, and to men of all times.

{t} "whosoever" Joe 2:32 {u} "upon the name of the Lord" 1 Co 1:2

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