2020 Day 54 – Romans 10-12 and Psalms 54

2020 Day 54 – Romans 10-12 and Psalms 54

When I was younger I remember seeing signs on the way out of some stores and restaurants that said “Thank You, Please Call Again”.  That always confused me since obviously I had not called them if I was already inside their business.  (No cell phones back in those days).  In that context, call means to come or visit.  Similar to the meaning of “house calls” that some doctors would make.  In Romans 10:13 we have a call to be made, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Do we just pick up the phone and call heaven?  As Bible students we have to study all scripture in context.  As we continue on reading the next few verses we see that going along with that call we have to believe, and to believe we have to first hear.  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17)  Another study tool we use is to make sure the interpretation of a portion of scripture is in harmony with all other scripture.  We cannot have God’s word contradicting itself.  There are many other verses that mention calling on the Lord. Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, 1 Corinthians 1:2 are just a few of them.  Another is Acts 22:16, “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name.”  Here the call on His name includes being baptized and washing away of sins.  In the first chapter of 2 Peter, he tells us even more that our calling must include, “…make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”  And then Peter reminds us how much effort we should put into this calling: “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (2Peter 1:10)

Today’s reading: Romans 10-12 and Psalms 54

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