“Everyone who calls on [the name of] the Lord will be saved.” The question is, How does one call on the Lord? Let’s look.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. What knowledge?
9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Conclusion: Those who know the LORD are watched over by Him.
The beginning verse is Romans 10:13, which is a quote from Joel 2:32. It is part of the passage the Peter quotes in Acts 2:17-21. To find out what calling on the name of the Lord meant, we have to go back to Genesis 4:26,
26 To Seth also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then people began to call upon the name of the Lord.
There is a footnote to this verse that says that the word for “call” can also be translated as “proclaim.” I looked it up in the lexicon and guess what? It is! What’s the difference? One gives a framework for the other. The best way to describe it is Hebrews 8:11, which quotes Jeremiah 31:34,
34 They will not teach again, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their wrongdoing, and their sin I will no longer remember.”
What was happening was a type of evangelism. Brothers were admonishing and encouraging their brothers to acknowledge Adonai as the LORD of hosts, King of the universe, and to bow down to Him only. Sound familiar? We see the same language used in Exodus 20:3-6, Joshua 23:16, and 2 Kings 17:35. When it comes to Jesus, I believe Thomas had the right idea when Jesus told him to put his finger in his hands and side, “Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:27-28.
Romans 10:4, 8, 9 and 10 spell it out for us:
4 For Christ is the culmination of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
But what does it [the word of God] say? “The word[s of the Lord are] near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
What we profess with our mouths must be what is in our hearts. Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 30:14, and the following verses exhort us to “bow the knee,”
14 On the contrary, the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may follow [obey] it. 15 “See, I have placed before you today life and happiness [good], and death and adversity [evil], 16 in that I am commanding [preaching to] you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, so that you may live and become numerous, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to take possession of it.
What is this land that we are entering to take possession of it? None other than the kingdom of heaven! When we call on the name of the Lord for salvation, He enters us and brings His kingdom with Him. Not only that, we are adopted by the Heavenly Father and become co-heirs with Jesus Christ of this very kingdom! See Romans 8:16.-17.
Who WOULDN’T want to be a part of that?! Well, evidently, there are a lot of people who simply will not bow the knee–right now. We have it on good authority that “at the name of Jesus EVERY knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11.
Abba, thank You that You have saved me by the confession of my mouth concerning what is in my heart. I bow my knee to You, my Lord and my God, my King and my Messiah. Thank You that today I get to worship You in Spirit and in truth with my fellow believers. May we all bow our hearts even as we bow our heads in prayer to You today. Amen.