Calling on the Name of the Lord
Men have been known to react to a first impulse, or to second thoughts. Both are shown in Scripture regarding responses to the Gospel. After hearing Peter’s sermon at Acts Two, about three thousand souls were baptized into Christ the same day. As soon as Philip had taught the Ethiopian what the Gospel required of him, he was eager to comply with it, and did, at Acts Chapter Eight. After Paul concluded his sermon on Mars’ Hill in Athens at Acts Seventeen, some ridiculed his words, while others expressed willingness to hear him again later concerning those matters. King Agrippa, at Acts Twenty-Six, responded to Paul’s testimony by saying he was almost persuaded to be a Christian. So there you have it; first impulses and second thoughts. Before one decides which is for him the best response to the Gospel, consider the words of Ananias to Saul of Tarsus at Acts Twenty Two: “And now, why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater
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