No Other Name (Acts 4:11-12)

Acts 4:11-12

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

It is interesting to me to read this very direct statement made by Peter to the Jewish priests. While all true Christians must believe that Jesus is the only way to be saved, I wonder how many of us would have had the boldness to say something so true in the face of such opposition. Even when we meet with people in the streets or on an airplane, it is so very tempting to try to seem tolerant, nice, and certainly not the radical fanatic. However, if we are going to be faithful to God and his word, we must not compromise the truth for the sake of the opinion of a stranger. Christianity is not tolerant. Let me say this again: Christianity is not tolerant. We are loving, and so we do not attack those who disagree with us or attempt to force converts by threat of violence (those who did so in the past were not evidencing true Christianity). However, neither do we allow anyone to believe anything other than what Peter said in this passage. We must tell the world that there is no other name by which they can be saved, forgiven of their sins, then the name of Jesus. And if there is no other name that saves than the name of our Lord, we must make it our passion to do all that we can to make sure the world knows his name.

Dear Lord, I recognize, without question, that there is no other name other than the name of Jesus whereby we can be saved. I place my entire trust in the finished work of Jesus for the salvation of my soul. I pray, Lord, that you will enable me to share the truth of the saving grace of Jesus with a lost world. Help me to take captive any tempting thoughts that would make me compromise the truth or shrink back from its telling. I reject living for the good opinions of others. I desire only to serve you, to please you, and to see others added to your kingdom. Grant me the courage to speak out boldly for the sake of your name, and even to do so today.