“Calls Upon the Name”
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Acts 2:21. We have the benefit of hindsight to read of Jesus being crucified and resurrected with all meaning revealed to us, and in doing so, we can appreciate more of what God was unfolding in the greatest triumph of love for mankind and a gospel that had been planned since the foundation of the world. It is what the prophets of old wrote about as they were moved by the Holy Spirit and yet did not understand as they longed to look into it. What the Son must have endured and the Father must have felt as no one yet understood what it all meant. But, through the Spirit, Peter revealed God’s gospel to an astonished crowd on Pentecost and, quoting Joel 2, declares salvation open to everyone who would call upon the Name of the Lord. It would take faith for someone to do this, we find out as more of the story comes together, and the place to call upon the Lord’s Name or power, or authority is in the water of baptism (Acts 22:16) as our sins are washed away. But we no longer need to guess or assign meaning to this gospel that God never intended. Have you obeyed the gospel like in Acts 2?