In this writing, we are going to make a point. Unless you can decode the Hebrew idioms that are used in key places in the Bible that speak toward a person receiving salvation, the understanding that you previously came away with is as good as nothing from a Gentile mindset. The sure way of salvaton from damnation and condemnation is, we all know from Romiym 8
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
I will hightlight the words and the condition, to be “IN CHRIST”. Surprisingly, it has less to do with “what you believe”. It has to do with a transaction that you get in Christ, get in Him, by faith, by deeds and by dedication. In other words, we call upon the name of YHVH.
I will cut to the chase. A saved believer has one fact about him or her. We are bondservants of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a bondservant of Adonai Yehosha Ha Moshiach, He promises me to be my protection because all of me belongs to Him. This is a classic and orthodox doctrine.
And, no one may volunteer to pledge as a bondservant to Messiah, unless the Ruwach, the Spirit of God, convicts him and draws him to the Redeemer. In pleging, the worshiper goes through with the transaction.
So if you ever found yourself at someone dying by the freeway, or at a death bed, ask the person,
Do you receive the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior? And will you love YHVH your God with all your heart, soul and strength?
If he or she answers truly, yes, then that is all that is required. In reality, he or she has called upon the name of YHVH.
Yehosha is the Memra of YHVH. He is YHVH. He is love personified. He expects from us no less. You can give away all you have, all your possessions, reputation, wealth and legacy. But if you cannot “feel it”. to give Him all of your love, you are holding back.
It is unlike the neo-modernism that is found in today where folks cut away the “hard” demands and chip down the New Testament until it is all reduced to a surface level of belief that amounts to a bunch of words. All the saw dust left on the ground around the table turns out to be essentials.
If that is what people sign onto, then this exercise is not going to see a payout.
We see Jewish writers from Moses, a Levite, to Peter, of Bethsaida, and Paul, a Benjamite, use this expression in the following verses. It dated back thousands of years beyond the Christian era. It was first used to describe a world when Adam was alive, where there was not even any established faith on earth. Moses used the expression, so did David.
Genesis 4:26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 12:8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 13:4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord.
What did a man like Abram do before the altar of God? He worshiped God before the altar. He pledged himself to God.
1 Chronicles 16:8 David’s Song of Thanks
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 80:18 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!
When you pledge to not turn back from God and to ask for life, you pledge yourself to God.
Psalm 105:1 Tell of All His Wondrous Works
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Isaiah 12:4 And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
Zephaniah 3:9 The Conversion of the Nations“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord.
We see above in many examples, and there are more. that calling upon the name of the Lord is first not a new expression, it is not exclusively New Testament and many famous people in the Hall of Fame (Ibiym 11) in here have also “called upon the name of YHVH”. They were all examples of “saved souls”.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
1 Corinthians 1:2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
If according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 1, “calling upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” is supposed to be a part of a worship service, then 99% of all congregations fail. When we go to examine below the explanation of this Hebrew idiom, we will also come to understand that 99% of all congregations fail as well.
Az huchal likro b’shem Adonai
Calling upon the name of YHVH from the Torah is an idiom. In Acts, the English translation omits YHVH and substitute it with “the Lord”. To that, many people asked me what the name is.
I am proud of Francis Bacon, just for this one thing, for retaining the idiom instead of changing it up to something else. But an idiom is culturally sensitive. People outside of the Hebrew culture will take that to mean something else. When an American says “take it to the end zone”, another country where football is not played (the majority of the world does not play American football) may not immediately understand it means to score or to complete a task. Rather than taking the football and walk it to put down in the end zone of the American football stadium.
So it is with “calling upon the name of the Lord”. Many take that literally to mean, you just speak out the name of Jesus, and you will be saved.
That in itself has gotten many believers out of a tight spot in spiritual warfare. However, if you want to know behind the idiom, the message is different and it requires a million times more than speaking a few words.
Yeshua Became The Role Model
Jesus came to demonstrate how even He called upon the name of YHVH. If you think you are a follower of Jesus, then Father will take a look to see if you are telling the truth or not. In Philippians 2
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
In that act, Christ “called upon the name of YHVH”, to become an obedient bondservant to His Father, even though He has the birthright.
What excuse that we may have? I think none, if we are honest.
That will come up in our judgment.
Ikro b’shem YHVH from the Law of First Mention appears initially in Genesis 4 after the death of Abel.
26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord [ Ikro b’Shem Adonai].
“Az huchal likro b’shem Adonai”
At that time, YHVH had not yet revealed to humans his Covenant Name (YHVH). Therefore, when the world population at the time of Enosh (meaning, man) were “calling on the name of the Lord” is an idiomatic expression that did not involve in the literal speaking of the name of Elohiym.
Enosh is third from Adam. This is the first time true worship of a multitude of people was written in the Bible. The uncle of Enosh, Abel, offered a sacrifice to YHVH, that was one. Enosh is never mention to the be first generation in which all the people worshiped one true God. Bavel was in deed a later copy that happened much later over 1,000 years. In the plains of Shinar, Nimrod and the world built a tower reaching up to the stars of heaven. That worship was not for God.
Ikro b’Shem Adonai (call upon the name of YHVH) is in fact an alternative way of pledging to the Almighty for willing ownership.
In ancient cultures, the people back then understood that the gods would not grant free passes. Favors come at the cost of paying tributes up to pledging their ownership in exchange for a small favor. So when men began to call upon the name YHVH, they were in effect crying to be accepted, that YHVH was to be their God. Only the One True God will grant eternal life.
Have you completed this step of salvation?
Acts 2:21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Peter clearly says, in effect, if God is not your own God, then you never had salvation.
Luke 6| 46
46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built; But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
The expression that Peter and Paul used, them as Jews, meant, IF YOU ARE WILLINGLY ASKING the Almighty to let you be His bondservants, then you belong to Him. His protection will come upon you. And you are safe. But only if you are willing to receive it with your life.
Give all of it or none of it.