Call on the Name of the Lord
One of the most powerful things we can say in repeating Gods Word from the heart is Jesus is Lord because of the effect these words have on others and us.
Rom. 10:8 But what does it say? THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heartthat is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
Confess with Your Mouth
When the Word is that close to us from our inner most being, that faith emanating from the gospel, and is confessed with our mouths, we will be saved from sin, sickness and death. The Greek for confess is:
3670. homologeo; (of one mind); to speak the same, to agree.
When we confess Jesus is Lord and believe in the heart that God raised him from the dead, our minds and words are in complete agreement with Gods mind and language. Therefore, with these Words impressed on consciousness, God uses His loving power to save us. The more we express the words of the gospel, the more we can live by the words and receive the benefits accrued from what was said and done by Jesus.
Our faith comes from hearing the Gospel, our faith saves us by our confession, and our faith completes us by our works. This faith completes the whole process of language, Gods Language. We learn language by hearing it, we become versed in language by using it, and we complete language when language leads to actions. Thus, we have become completely immersed in the language from its inception to its usage in words and deeds, body language. So, calling upon the Word of the Lord brings salvation to us. The voice of God on our lips is very important.
Rom. 10:10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
To reiterate, calling on the name of the Lord brings salvation, but what does calling on the name mean?
Rom. 10:13 for WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.
We know what name is:
Name: 3686. onoma; a prim. word; a name, authority, cause:
When we call on his name, we call upon his authority, which he received from God. We call upon who he is, among the most important names of Jesus is the Savior from God, who obeyed God fully and who died for our sins.
Isaiah says we should call upon the name of God from whom Jesus received his authority. Obviously, when we call upon Jesus name, we also call upon the name of God from whom Jesus obtained his authority. Not only should we call upon the name of the Lord, but also proclaim the greatness of His deeds. What are some of the names of the Lord: El Shaddai, God Almighty, Elohiym, the Supreme Being, Yahweh, the One who is and the Eternal One. We know who God is: the Creator, who alone made the heavens and the earth by the Command of His Voice. Most importantly, we know, as John teaches, God is Love.
Is. 12:4 And in that day you will say,
Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.
Power from Knowing the Lords Name
We can call upon the Name of the Lord because we know who He is. If you know a persons name, his character, who he is, that gives you power over the person. You can speak to them as they deserve with honor and respect and you can request certain things from them because you know what they will do due to the knowledge of their character. God loves to forgive; therefore, we can repent of our deeds, ask the Lord for forgiveness, and be assured He will forgive us. We further know that God has an abundance of lovingkindness and can call upon Him for that blessing. Those who do not know God or who have been deceived about His Name cannot repent and expect forgiveness. Additionally, we know about His patience and how He will nudge and urge us to repent for a long time before He will respond with strong discipline. Even then He does not want to destroy a person, but would rather they repent. Besides they do not even know what Gods Way of Life is or how they deviate from the Way, much less know what to repent of.
Psa. 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
Psa. 105:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Interestingly, the Hebrew for name is shem. We remember that Shem is the name of one of Noahs sons, whose name means name. The Hebrew gives us some further insight into the meaning of name including a mark of individuality, honor and position. Therefore, when a person calls you by name, you respond. When a person thinks of your name, he knows who you are the good, the bad, the warts and all. Just as you think about a person, you know him as that particular person. When we call upon God, we call upon that individual Person whose character we know from the Bible and our interaction with Him in our lives. Additionally, when we call upon Jesus we know who his character is.
Name: 8034. shame; a primitive word (perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character:
We know how to praise God because we know how he likes to be praised, especially giving Him thanksgiving. Furthermore, our hearts filled with Gods Spirit and Word, most zealously want to praise Him because we know His deeds.
When we call upon the Name of Jesus, we have to know who this Jesus really is. Is he the second person of a Trinity, a reincarnated being, or the firstborn, this day I have begotten you, Son of God. Do we call upon the Jesus who lived a life filled with all the thoughts, feelings and temptations as we but with-out sin, not as we? In order to give praise and call upon the Name, we must become learned about the character, position and authority of that person. God is the One God and Creator who loved mankind so much that he gave His only begotten Son to die for us. That being so, God, the Ruler of the universe, the ultimate authority intrinsic in His Nature, could and did transfer authority to His Son. God is Yahweh, He Is, the I Am, the Self Existent One. All else comes from Him.
Heb. 13:15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
After Jesus death and resurrection, he told his disciples that God gave him all authority, both in heaven and on Earth. Why did he receive all authority? Why did God confer this authority to Jesus and no one else? I shall take up that topic in the next magazine article.
Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Because Our Father in Heaven gave Jesus all authority, we call upon him now as the head of the Church, and he has authority over all leaders or rulers on Earth, including the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of England, the President of France, the Prime Minister of Japan and so forth. Therefore, we can trust those in government because they receive their authority from Jesus, who right now in history has the interest of his Church foremost in mind. Our contact with authorities, whether we agree or disagree with them, will always be for our good. Back in the Roman era, Paul and Peter urged believers to obey those in authority, but one might argue against that because the Roman Empire rooted its laws in paganism, rank paganism de-rived from their own concepts but strongly sprinkled with Greek dogma which came from, in the dark past, Babylon. Rome was the most evil of pagan government. Yet, Jesus had authority over their emperors, consuls, legati, and centurions. Not to fear, Peter and Paul told believers; just obey them except when forced to disobey Gods Laws. Historically, this only happened during Nebuchadnezzars regime. Therefore, our obedience to authorities is obedience to Jesus regardless of their misrule and corruption. Eventually, all villainous despots will receive justice from Jesus. However, that is not our concern. Jesus will not allow these tyrants to harm us. Furthermore, there is no person in authority over us from husbands, bosses, to inspectors that will negatively effect our good; Jesus, who is Lord, will not allow it. All things happen for our good, especially from those in authority.
Col. 2:10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
God gave Jesus authority, but not in ignorance. Foremost among Jesus positions of authority was teaching: about God, about good, about righteousness, about doing good (which he showed by example).
John 13:13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
Word of Power
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth and upheld this creation by His power. However, when He ceded power to His Son, He commanded him to now uphold all these things by Gods Word of power. As we continue to explore calling upon the name of the Lord, we more fully understand the grand scope of that authority from the flesh, nature, winds and rain, universe to all human authorities.
Heb. 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
You see, God gave Jesus the authority once held by the devil, the fallen angel, handed over to him by Adam. Yet, only those who call upon the name of the Lord are under the authority of that name given to him by Our Father in Heaven. All the rest, however, of mankind continue to reelect the devil as their god and ruler.
Just as Jesus inherited a more excellent name than even an-gels had, we, because of Jesus death, receive authority over sin, sickness and death. Thus, confessing Jesus is Lord de-fines our relationship with him and gives glory to Our Father in Heaven who gave Jesus his authority. Additionally, when we call upon Jesus name, we have power over him because we know who he is and what he will do for us. Not that the power is intrinsic in us, but in the knowledge Jesus, the teacher, gave us. Gods Word gives us power; His Word on our lips delineates our power. Our acting on His Word fulfills the power. Jesus said that the things he did, we will do greater because the voice of Lord, the power of His Word is on our lips.
Heb. 1:4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
Phil. 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Phil. 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
To Gods Glory
When we confess Jesus is Lord, we do it to Gods glory; everything redounds to His glory. God is; everything comes from Him, and everything returns to Him, to His glory. His initial glory created everything, i.e., His Love, which epitomizes His glory, is His glory.
Phil. 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This gives us another insight. We can only say Jesus is Lord and understand what that really means except by the Holy Spirit, which is the power impelling the Word.
1Cor. 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, Jesus is accursed; and no one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
Not only is the unsurpassed power toward us but also within us. When we confess Jesus is Lord, Gods power, His voice is on our lips.
Eph. 1:19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
Eph. 1:20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph. 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and do-minion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Remember, all this authority of Jesus redounds to the Church, for the salvation of souls and to build a family, Our Father in Heavens family. We, of course, are involved in this authority Jesus has. It is for us that God gave Jesus His authority.
Those of us who make up the Church through out the world are the fullness of Jesus. In other words, we, in spite of our different personalities, are like Jesus; no, completely like Jesus to the extent of our willingness to confess and behave thus. We inherited the fullness of Jesus: his name and authority, his power, his love, his out reach, his whole character.
Eph. 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
Eph. 1:23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
The Unity of Language
The unity of Language, of Gods Word, causes Jesus to be in Our Father in Heaven, the Father to be in him and us to be in both of them as they are in us. When we pray, He hears us; and, when He says things through His Word, we hear Him. Most importantly, when we act like Our Father in Heaven, we complete the harmony and unity of Gods Language.
John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
John 14:11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
Here Jesus demonstrates the relationship of verbal language with body language (his works).
John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Are we willing to step out and do what Jesus, whom we confess as Lord, commands us to do? Are we willing to behave as if we believe Jesus is Lord and bask in the power and love of salvation? Are we going to acknowledge in our words and works the love Jesus demonstrated to Our Father in Heaven and to us? Are we willing by our words, works and loyalty to give Our Father in Heaven the glory He deserves?
John 14:13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.