Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
May 5, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<496> Thesis: If "salvation" is as easily available as "calling upon the name of the Lord", there has to be a reason that everyone does not "call", but that "reason" is not to be found in some kind of breakdown in the process. Introduction: Last week we considered Paul's declaration that God makes no "national" distinctions between those who call upon Him. He indiscriminately saves everyone who calls. This is the announcement of the apostle in spite of the fact that the vast majority of his kinsmen according to the flesh are unsaved because they will not call. So, in the face of the unbelief of Israel according to the flesh, the apostle launches into an unveiling of the divine process that begins at the end and ends at the beginning. The issue is "being saved" because God responded to one's "call". The promise is that God will save anyone who calls upon His name. It is no small thing to remain lost in the face of such a promise. Thus, Paul decided to explore the process of God a bit for the sake of his readers.