Romans 10: 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [1]

The most powerful aspect of the love of Jesus Christ is his promise of salvation. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that there is no division in Jesus Christ. Regardless of race, nationality, gender or creed, all who believe in Jesus will be saved. Slaves in America were told to hold fast to scriptures in the Bible that commanded “Slaves be obedient to your masters.” (Ep. 6:5), but at the same time, the slaves took great inspiration from other verses, also by the Apostle Paul, that spoke to the universality of God’s saving grace and love.

Romans 10: because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [2]

The good news is that salvation is free. Salvation is near. Salvation from death is available to all who believe that Jesus is Lord! The grace of God is just as available to those who believe in Nigeria, Kenya, India, China, South Africa, Canada, the Philippines and America. That same salvation is extended to the young, the old, women and men. Call on his name, confess that He is Lord, and you will be saved!

Last night my wife and I attended the opening night of hospitality that our church extends each year for a week to homeless individuals. 38 men and women are eating dinner and breakfast and spending the night at the church for an entire week. Saturday night was the kick off for a week of hospitality. If you are in the Detroit area, I invite you to stop by the church – Plymouth United Church of Christ, 600 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, Michigan at 6PM for dinner or 6 AM for breakfast. The persons in the photo above represent two church organizations that fed the homeless Saturday evening, the Progressive Circle and the Scholarship Fund Committee. In their own way, both groups are sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to a segment of our population that has fallen through the cracks of our social network.


Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts regarding the universality of salvation in Jesus Christ?
  2. What does this passage from the Apostle Paul say to you about salvation?


Prayer: Jesus, I accept you as Lord. Jesus, I believe you are the son of God. In you there is healing, strength, guidance, forgiveness and love. Let your mercy fall down upon me. May your grace sustain me and may your love surround me. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.


Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ro 10:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ro 10:9–13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.