Today, someone asked what it means to “call upon the name of the Lord.”
It’s an important and valid question.
So, let’s look at what the Bible says...
The original Greek word used in Romans 10:13 for “call” is “epikaleō” which means to invoke.
Invoking Jesus as Lord would mean that one would be surrendering to Him and invoking Him to be Lord over their life. That they are yielding to His Lordship… His ruling authority over them.
Calling on the “name” of the Lord also carries a powerful meaning, which means invoking all that is associated in the depth of the meaning of that name including His authority.
It’s calling upon Him as all that He is. Romans 10:13 is the NT quote from Joel 2:32.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Lord coming to save those who call upon Him with a sincere and yielded heart.
Some may think Romans 10:13 is simply about the words from one’s mouth, but it is a personal yielding of one’s heart to Him as Lord inclusive of the understanding that He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. He is Lord and He alone can save. That means He alone is worthy of our allegiance and our lives.
While there is so much more to that one verse in Scripture, this simple biblical answer helps give a little more depth to our understanding of this life-changing and eternity-altering verse.
Do you know that you are saved?
1 John 5:13 tells us, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
Jesus wants us to have a know-so salvation. Not a hope-so salvation.
It’s as simple as calling upon the name of the Lord. But it means much more than a simple acknowledgement of who He is.
It means surrendering all you are to all He is from the day you call upon His name.
Have you done that?
If not, please do so today! And I would love to hear from you if you do.
I’d also love for you to share the name of someone who may need to come to know Jesus as the Lord and Savior. Share their names in the comments and I’ll join you in prayer for them.