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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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Are you A Whosoever?
As Romans ten begins Paul relates his burden for his people, Israel. His desire was for them to be saved because he bore a testimony that they had a zeal for God but not according to knowledge. They worshipped God in their ceremonies and rituals but they were ignorant of God’s righteousness which comes by faith and have went about trying to establish their own righteousness which comes by good works and they have never yielded themselves unto God’s righteousness. It was Jesus who fulfilled the law and because of that He could give that righteousness to all who would come to Him in faith and repentance. It is Jesus one must come to and His righteousness would be imputed to that believer. Paul stated in Second Corinthians 5:21 “For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. When we came to Christ He took our sins and gave us His righteousness and a whole new nature and new beginning. Now in verses five through eight of Romans 10 Paul deals with two righteousnesses: one of the law the other of faith. In law righteousness it was only the Jew could be saved; in faith righteousness, whosoever could be saved. Law righteousness comes about by works; faith righteousness comes about by one’s faith in Jesus Christ. In law righteousness man is self righteous but in faith righteousness we obtain God’s righteousness. The law righteousness cannot save because man cannot keep the entire law; but faith righteousness brings salvation to man because we are given His righteousness through our faith. Under law righteousness you must obey the Lord; but under faith righteousness you call upon the name of the Lord. Law righteousness leads to pride and Hell; faith righteousness glorifies God and lead to Heaven. As he goes on he tells us that if we shalt confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that God hath raised Him from the dead then we shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile for the same Lord is rich to all who call upon Him. Now we are going to get the thought this week from verse 13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.
May I ask you today, are you a whosoever? If so there is real problem of being one. The implied problem of being a whosoever is if you need to call upon someone to save you, you have a problem which needs correcting. You are lost and in need of salvation. Romans 3:10 says “As it is written there is none righteous, no not one”. And in 3:23 of the same chapter Paul writes “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. So there is a problem with being a whosoever.
Then you see the message is for all people. Paul said here “whosoever” which includes everyone in the world. It excludes no one from being saved. It excludes no people, no race and no gender of people, no matter how good or how bad, salvation is for all. First Timothy 2:3-4 states “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. The last invitation written in the Bible is over in Revelation 22:17 and says “And the Spirit and the bride say come. And let him that heareth say come, and let him that is athirst come. And whosever will, let him take of the water of life freely”. If you are reading this today and you are lost the invitation is for you as well as anyone else.
The next thing you must see here is no one is saved by proxy; all must come to Jesus Christ personally themselves. The jailer in Acts 16 came and said “What must I do to be saved”? Paul told him believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house. In other words; what saves you is good for your whole family. They all must come to the realization of their lost condition and come personally to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul would have gotten saved for all Israel if he could have but that would have been impossible for one to be saved for another. Salvation is required for all and all are responsible for themselves. Paul said in Romans 9 that he wished he could be accursed himself for his kinsmen according to the flesh. That’s powerful if you stop to see what he is saying. He is saying that he would go to Hell for all eternity if that would save Israel. But he knew and we know that still would not save them. Jesus has already died and resurrected for all to be saved but they must come to Jesus personally.
Then you see to call upon the name of the Lord shows that you are concerned about your condition. They have a passion about themselves to be concerned about going to Hell. But I am afraid there aren’t very many today who are concerned about their souls as is evidenced in so many empty pews in this day. Oh, the world is full with their worldly pleasures and pursuits but you can always find room in a Bible believing and Bible preaching church. If you were to give away tickets to a sports event or tickets to a movie house or even a block of cheese you would have a line a block long. But the greatest gift man could ever receive goes unclaimed in many cases. Some people pray “God give us people broken over their sin”. But God isn’t going to give us those people until His people are broken over their own concern.
Salvation is in a person and that person is Jesus Christ. Salvation isn’t in a plan, a promotion, a program or even a prayer; it is in Jesus. There’s been many prayers prayed which didn’t come from the heart and went unheard. It’s not a prayer but it is the condition of the heart when that prayer was made. A person isn’t saved by baptism, church membership or by being good. Salvation rests upon you calling upon Jesus Christ with a repentant heart with faith to believe He will do what He said He would do. There is only one name under Heaven whereby one can be saved and that name is Jesus Christ. Paul said here, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. He is Lord and must be accepted as Lord!
Lastly, the Bible says you shall be saved. There is a product of calling upon Him and that is salvation. To be saved insinuates that we need to be saved from something to something. We are saved from the wrath of God upon the ungodly and that includes eternity in the lake of fire. It also saves us to an eternity with the Lord Jesus to enjoy His blessing forever. There are no earthly blessings which can equal the blessings salvation gives us when we come to Him.
Are you a whosoever? Then you need to make sure of your salvation today while you have opportunity. Time is running out.