“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Peter said these words as he stood before the Jewish religious leaders after he and John had been used by the Holy Spirit in the healing of the lame man at the gate of the Temple. This incredible healing happened in front of all those that were present in the Temple. The man had been lame from birth and was carried to the Temple daily so that he could ask for alms from those entering. He must have been very well known to all those that frequented the Temple.
“Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)
“And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” (Verse 7)
“And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the Temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Verse 8)
The religious leaders were now confronted with an undeniable great miracle. Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, made it clear that this healing was not accomplished by their own power or personal holiness, but by the Name of Jesus whom God had glorified. As our introductory verse states; Peter boldly proclaimed that there was no other name under Heaven by which salvation could come. And the religious leaders saw they were “unlearned and ignorant men and marveled.” And they acknowledged the following:
” …. And they took knowledge of them (Peter & John), that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
“And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” (Verse 14).
It was obvious that a great miracle of healing had taken place by the Name of Jesus. After conferring together the religious leaders commanded the Apostles to not speak or teach in the Name of Jesus.
“And they (Jewish religious leaders) called them (Peter & John) and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the Name of Jesus.” (Verse 18)
This is a command that the apostles could not obey. They responded to the leaders as follows:
“…..Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard.” (verse 19,20)
We too must boldly proclaim that there is no other name by which a person can be saved. Everything we ask for from God is made possible by what Jesus did on the Cross. In the name of Jesus we are saved from this present evil world. A time may come for us today when we will be persecuted for our stand in the Lord, or forbidden to mention that wonderful Name – the Name of Jesus. Should that day come (or when that day comes), let us remember the words of Peter and John and follow their bold stance. Let us always hearken unto God not man “for there is none other name.”
“Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” (Matthew 5:11)
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