Two Christian students at UCI explain why we, as believers, should call upon the name of the Lord and where this Christian practice is seen in the Bible:
Calling on the name of the Lord is not a new practice in the New Testament age. Rather, it began in the Old Testament beginning with Enosh in Genesis 4:26. It was then continued by Abraham, Job, Isaac, David, the psalmist Asaph, the psalmist Heman, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and many more – all of whom practiced this in the Old Testament age.
It is God’s commandment and it is His desire that all of God’s people call upon Him. This is the joyful way to drink of God’s fountain of salvation and the enjoyable way to delight oneself in God. Hence, all of God’s people must call upon Him. This jubilant practice was prophesied by Joel in the Old Testament.
In the New Testament, calling on the name of the Lord is first mentioned by Peter in Acts 2:21 on the day of Pentecost as the fulfillment of Joel’s prophesy. Calling on the Lord’s name is vitally necessary in order for us, the believers in Christ, to participate and enjoy Christ with all He has accomplished, attained, and obtained. This is a major practice in God’s New Testament plan that enables us to enjoy Christ for our full salvation.
The Greek word for “call on” is composed of “on” and “call.” Thus, it is to call audibly, even loudly, as Stephen did in Acts chapter 7 verses 59 through 60. The name denotes the person. Jesus is the Lord’s name and the Spirit is His person. When we call “Lord Jesus” we receive the Spirit.