“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Salvation is one of the simplest things a person can receive that religion and religious sluggards have made difficult. The difficulty of the payment for salvation was taken care of by Jesus Christ on the cross when He died and paid for the sin of mankind; the simple part is up to the individual. God says that salvation is a gift He offers. Romans 6:23 says, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” All an individual has to do is simply receive this gift.
The verse above shows the simplicity of receiving salvation. Peter, preaching on the day of Pentecost, says, “…whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This one phrase alone should solve any argument about what it takes for a person to get saved. Let me point out several things about this verse that should clarify the simplicity of salvation.
There are several things that this verse does not say that should silence those who complicate Jesus’ plan for salvation. First, this verse does not say that only a chosen few can get saved. Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say that only an elect people are going to get saved. The verse above says, “…whosoever…” This word means that anyone who calls on Christ for salvation can be saved. It doesn’t mean that only the elect can get saved. It also doesn’t mean that only a certain number can get saved, but “whosoever” shall call on Christ can be saved.
Second, this verse doesn’t say, “…whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord and…shall be saved.” It is not how good you are, what you have done or will do that gets you saved, but what Christ did on Calvary and you receiving that gift is what gets you saved. You can’t call on Christ, plus be good, go to church, get baptized, ask for forgiveness every day, or be good to others to get saved. You only have to call on Christ to be saved.
Third, this verse didn’t say that you might be saved, but it says that you “shall be saved.” It is a promise of God that when you will call on Christ for salvation that you are absolutely saved. Salvation has nothing to do with whether you feel you are saved, but it is based on the fact that you called on Christ and trusted Him alone to save you.
What this verse does say should help to give you confidence in your salvation. This verse says, “whosoever.” It doesn’t matter how deep you have gone into sin; Christ can still save you. A person who thinks that they are too bad to get saved can rest in the fact that God said, “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Whosoever means you. If you will call or have called on the name of the LORD for your salvation, you are saved.
Moreover, this verse says that all you have to do is simply call on Christ and He will save you. Don’t make it more difficult than what Christ said you had to do. The thief on the cross called on Jesus and he was saved. Saul called on Jesus and he was saved. The publican called on Jesus and he was saved. The very moment you called out to Christ, you were saved. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel saved now because if you called on Christ to save you; you are saved. My friend, don’t let those who want to shake your salvation cause you to doubt the simplicity of salvation. If you called on Christ to save you; you are saved.