Whosoever May Come
- Date: September 11, 2009
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
- From God's Greatest Gift
There is a big segment of Christianity today that promotes the doctrine of limited atonement. Limited atonement says that only a special group of people can come; that there is no decision on man's part; and that man is drawn by an irresistible grace. So if you want to be a Christian, but God hasn't chosen you, you can't come. The majority of fundamental Christians today either holds to or is involved a ministry that embraces some form of this doctrine. That is not what the Bible teaches. The bible says, "...it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
When you are out sharing the Gospel, let people know that if they believe in their heart and they confess with their mouth that God has raised Jesus from the dead, they shall be saved. The greatest personal factor in salvation is volition--a decision. There has to be a decision. There has to be a believing within the heart. There has to be a confessing from the mouth: "I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins--was made sin with my sin--that I might be made righteous with His righteousness."
So we share boldly with all men the truth of Romans 10:13 ("Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.") and 1 Timothy 2:4: ("[He] will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.") The Lord will have all men to be saved--all men--and to come to the knowledge of His great gift of salvation.
As we share this message, we must be clear that this isn't just a prayer and a declaration of the lordship of Jesus, but a true regeneration takes place in our lives. This dead spirit man is brought back to life. Paul says in Romans "sin shall not have dominion over [us]" (Romans 6:14). We realize from this passage that we become new creations: "old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (Galatians 6:15). When we make this commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ, He enables us by His grace to live lives of discipline, sobriety, righteousness and godliness in this present world. You might say "I don't know if I can do that." You can't! But God can! God sends His Comforter to guide you. "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). What is our responsibility? To make the decision to accept the free gift of God's grace and bow your knee. Then He will bring the enabling for righteous living, for a life that is a testimony to Him.
Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God." It is a gift available to all - to whosoever comes!