RECEIVING THE GIFT OF SALVATION
Bob Coches – December 28, 2012
Zephaniah 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
This seems to point to the day of Pentecost when everyone heard the Gospel in their own language. Peter prophesied that day that this was what the prophet Joel spoke and now was manifesting. God was pouring out His Spirit on all flesh and Salvation had come. (Joel 2:28) This restored what was lost at the tower of Babel when language was confused. (Genesis 11:9)
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
This was Jesus’ commission to Apostle Peter to begin the New Testament church.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Peter then prophesied at Pentecost the awesome gift of the salvation. He declared that those who call out, appeal to, cry out to, pray to the Lord God shall be saved.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Paul repeated this instruction in Romans that specifies confessing with one’s mouth and believing in one’s heart shall lead to salvation.
Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Father God I call upon your name.
I am sorry for my sin.
I repent of my unbelief.
I confess Lord Jesus as my Savior.
I believe Jesus died for my sin and was raised from the dead by God.
I freely give my life to Jesus who purchased it with His blood.
Jesus further confirmed in Matthew that two praying in agreement, this would include the sinner’s prayer, guarantees the prayer request will be granted.
2Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Paul decrees in 2 Corinthians that all the promises of God are yea and amen.
This should remove any doubt regarding the reality of salvation through the sinner’s prayer when prayed in faith and agreement.
1941 επικαλεομαι epikaleomai ep-ee-kal-eh’-om-ahee
middle voice from 1909 and 2564; TDNT-3:496,*; v
AV-call on 7, be (one’s) surname 6, be surnamed 5, call upon 4, appeal unto 4, call 4, appeal to 1, appeal 1; 32
1) to put a name upon, to surname
1a) to permit one’s self to be surnamed
2) to be named after someone
3) to call something to one
3a) to cry out upon or against one
3b) to charge something to one as a crime or reproach
3c) to summon one on any charge, prosecute one for a crime
3d) to blame one for, accuse one of
4) to invoke
4a) to call upon for one’s self, in one’s behalf
4a1) any one as a helper
4a2) as my witness
4a3) as my judge
4a4) to appeal unto
5) to call upon by pronouncing the name of Jehovah
5a) an expression finding its explanation in the fact that prayers addressed to God ordinarily began with an invocation of the divine name
3670 ομολογεω homologeo hom-ol-og-eh’-o
from a compound of the base of 3674 and 3056; TDNT-5:199,687; v
AV-confess 17, profess 3, promise 1, give thanks 1, confessionis made 1, acknowledgeth 1; 24
1) to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent
2) to concede
2a) not to refuse, to promise
2b) not to deny
2b1) to confess
2b3) to confess, i.e. to admit or declare one’s self guilty of what one is accused of
3) to profess
3a) to declare openly, speak out freely
3b) to profess one’s self the worshipper of one
4) to praise, celebrate