Whosoever” means whosoever. That’s about as simple as it can be.
Acts 2:21 – And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Our Text for Today has to be one of the most encouraging and uplifting removers of stress and thoughts of hopelessness to anyone who reads or hears it and believes it. Are you a “whosoever”? if you are alive and fall into the class of beings known as human, you are a “whosoever.” And while becoming a part of many organizations in this world requires so much, becoming a child of God has only two requirements on your part. You must be a “whosoever,” and you must “call on the name of the Lord.” Stop for a moment and think deeply about that statement.
Just think about all the exclusive organizations to which multitudes seek to join themselves. It may require the accomplishment of some great feat such as climbing Mount Everest. Or it could require a soaring IQ to which most people will never attain. And there are organizations or groups that require one to possess extraordinary wealth in order to be a member. To other groups, one may have to vow an exclusive allegiance that cuts off many other people all about them. And there are even groups one may join only if they live a certain perverted lifestyle, or even have to live with some type of preventive physical issue.
But to be a part of the body of Christ, a living, vital member of the Church, and heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ, you simply have to be a “whosoever” and “call on the name of the Lord.” In Romans we read what some might call a formula for the new birth. It declares that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Oh, the gloriousness of that great truth. But even that can be done in the simplicity of our Text for Today. You see, if one calls on the name of the Lord, the indication is clear that they believe that JESUS IS LORD. And if that person believes that JESUS IS LORD, and then he/she CALLS ON THAT NAME, that person has met the standards of our Text for Today. Once those standards are met, the grace of God goes immediately to work to bring that person into the state of salvation – the new birth – redemption from the curse of the law – becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus – being made God’s ambassador – a messenger for the covenant. The simplicity made available to man to become a child of God is to the uttermost, so that “whosoever” one is, he/she is without excuse.
Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; John 3:16-17; Romans 10:9-10; Romans 1:16-32; Galatians 3:13-29; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21