Our One and Only Savior
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 10:12a (Holman) . . .for there is no distinction between Jew and
Greek, . . .
Concerning salvation, we do not need to worry about various competing methods, trying to figure out which one applies to our situation. There is no difference in people’s natural standing before God.
All people are sinners, equally lost, and in danger of the same condemnation, therefore all need the same salvation. No one receives special privilege. All have the same sickness; therefore all need the same medicine.
Believing in Jesus is the sole means of deliverance, the only way to be saved. Trusting Jesus is something all people are capable of doing, and it is always the right thing to do.
Romans 10:12b … since the same Lord of all…
Another reason all people share the identical means of salvation is; there is only one Lord. Jesus is Lord over all. He is the King of individuals, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. The human race rebels against Him, but this does not negate His powerful Sovereignty over us. Fortunately, the one Lord looks down on the one race, sinners, and offers one means of salvation.
Romans 10:12c …is rich to all who call on Him.
The preposition “to” makes this a most remarkable phrase. God could have horded His riches of mercy, but this “to” shows God chose not to do that. He has made salvation available to all who will receive it on His terms.
We deserve nothing good from the Lord, but He has made salvation a possibility, with only one condition attached. It was as simple a requirement as God could allow—we must “call on Him”.
This call is more than merely vocalizing certain key words. Verses 9-10 defined it for us. “Call on Him” means believing with the heart to righteousness, realizing we cannot save ourselves. It means confessing Jesus is Lord, invoking Him as God, as the only One who can save.
A sinner must renounce all efforts at self-help and cry out to Jesus for mercy. This is what it means to put our faith in Christ. We cease trusting in what we can do for God, and instead trust in what God has done for us.
This is the God appointed way of salvation. It is the only way, there is only one path to safety, but thank God it is sufficient.
The Lord is “rich to all who call on Him.” The fountain of grace is gushing, and this beautiful preposition “to” tells us what direction its stream is flowing. There is plenty of grace and mercy. The supply is unlimited; it is an inexhaustible river flowing to those who call on Him.
“We have all received grace after grace from His fullness” (John 1:16). Or, grace “upon” grace; the precious truth presented here is that God’s grace flows over us in waves. One blessing hardly dissipates before another arrives. They closely follow one another like the never-ending waves of an ocean. And it all belongs to the one who calls on the Lord.
Romans 10:13a For everyone…
I’ve often heard Dad say “whosoever” (KJV) is the most precious word in the Bible, for it includes everyone, even him. Seeing “whosoever” is better than seeing one’s own name, for the latter could refer to someone else with the same name. Whosoever includes you and me.You say you have been a terrible sinner, and the devil is reminding you of it right now. Point the Old Dragon to this word “whosoever”; send him running. You have been unfaithful to your spouse, and evil memories are haunting you right now. Flood you mind with this word, “whosoever.”
Did you commit degradation last night? Is the taste of sin still strong in your mouth? Do you feel to call on the Lord now would be hypocrisy?
Away with such a notion. Repent and cling to the word “whosoever.” We are sinners; Jesus is a sinner-saver. We feel we are nothing; this is good; Jesus provides everything. We say we are dirty; fear not, Jesus washes whiter than snow. The invitation is to “whosoever”. That includes everyone.
Romans 10:13b …who calls on the name of the Lord…
Friend, call on Jesus. Turn from self-efforts and depend totally on Jesus. Don’t come with artificial feelings; cry out to Him from your heart.
If there is an injury, someone says, “Call a doctor.” If a crime, someone says, “Call the police.” When there’s a dilemma, “Call a lawyer.”
We call on these people because we trust their ability in specific areas. It is with the same attitude that, when it comes to salvation, we say, “Call on the name of the Lord.” We must call, expecting Him to provide salvation.
We must call out in the spirit of the girl who was aboard a sinking ship. As lifeboats were filling, she kept being left out. Finally she crawled over the rail, jumped into the water, and began screaming, “Save me next! Save me next!” She thereby caught a boatman’s attention and was saved.
Calling on the Lord means crying out like sinking Peter, “Lord, save me!” and thereby being lifted up by Jesus (Matthew 14:30-31). Calling on the Lord means praying like the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” and thereby finding favor with God (Luke 18:13-14). Call on the name of the Lord. Whoever earnestly seeks refuge in God shall find it.
Romans 10:13c …will be saved.
“Be saved” is passive. We cannot save ourselves. Someone else has to do it for us. We need to hide ourselves under Jesus’ blood. He has borne the punishment we all deserved. And once we receive what He has done, then the everlasting punishment of sin can never be executed against us.
If anyone ever trusts in Jesus, and then goes to Hell, Heaven has a vacant throne, and the Universe has no righteous God. God’s justice could never demand double vengeance. Once we take Christ’s punishment as payment for our sin, condemnation can never be meted to us.
The Savior’s blood has not been shed in vain. God is righteous. He cannot forget the Redeemer’s blood. It has been shed for sinners, and whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
The Duke of Monmouth, taken in rebellion, stood trial before his uncle, King James II. The Duke’s hands were tied behind his back with silken cord. Thus secured, he was brought before his kinsmen, a king known for his delight in crushing others.
The Duke threw himself on the ground and crawled to the king’s feet. With his face on the smooth floor, and eyes swollen with weeping, he pleaded with his uncle for pity. It was in vain. The King responded to his nephew with hardness and contempt, and ordered his execution.
Thank God we do not deal with such a King. Our Lord is rich to all who call on Him. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.