VERSE OF THE DAY
Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.
For I speak to all the people of the nation for he lives because the most high name Jesus Christ the name of the man who was crucified it whom God raised from the Tomb he had been placed
Today’s Verse: Acts 4:10-12
Thursday, March 15, 2018
It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
“Jesus, there’s just something about that name!” The words to the song are right. Salvation from what is warped and broken in our world is found in no one else. He is our Savior because he was willing to come to this world, bear our limitations shame and sin and then triumph over them.
Through the precious name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, my Lord, I thank and praise you God Most High. Your love has given the sacrifice for my sin and your power has given me the assurance of my resurrection from the dead. Your Son’s willingness to spend a lifetime with us has given me a Great High Priest who intercedes with empathy for my struggles. His example lets me know of your great love. Thank you, O God! Thank you for being so gracious and giving me such a wonderful Savior. Amen.
Acts 4:12 Meaning of Salvation Is Found in No One Else
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Explanation and Commentary of Acts 4:12
After he healed the man lame from birth, the foolish religionists put Peter on trial. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:8), he proclaimed that it was by the name of Jesus of Nazareth that the man was healed, by whose name only can mankind be saved. When Adam rebelled against God by rebelling against his righteous command, God put in motion a redemptive plan, the stages of which would span thousands of years.
First, through a vicarious man, Abraham, he called a people. From Abraham’s seed, he raised up a king after his own heart (1 Sam 13:14) from the tribe of Judah. From David’s line the Son of God, the Word, was incarnated in human flesh (Jn 1:14) and came to save us. Jesus Christ of Nazareth was his name. He lived a perfect life and is the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6). If any will come to him, they can be saved, but as Peter says in this passage, there is no other way. The wrath of a holy and just Creator, our Father in heaven, is indeed coming (Col 3:6) to make all things right and judge sin, and the power of Christ and his finished work on the cross will be for believers, like Noah’s ark, when the world was destroyed by a great flood because “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” (Gen 6:5)
But God, rich in mercy (Eph 2:4), would not send another world-destroying disaster, not without a plan to save many more people. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (Jn 3:16-17).
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Acts 4:12
Since God has wrath for sin, no one can be saved apart from God’s help. Sending his one and only Son to die for us, God made a way for us to impute our sin onto Christ, who paid the penalty and imputed to us his righteousness by faith. If we do not repent and put our faith in Christ for our sins, we will pay our own punishment in hell.
#2 “…is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven…”
There is truly no other way to be saved, since we are born in Adam, in sin, and all die. Our sinful nature is inherited since the fall, and we sin because of our sinfulness. Our salvation cleanses us from our sin by only one name, Jesus Christ. Since we must have an ultimate sacrifice, only the Son of God, who is the only one born sinless, can save us.
#3 “…given to mankind by which we must be saved…”
It is right to remember that our salvation is a total gift from our Father in heaven. Undeserved, it is a complete work of grace and mercy. We must be saved by this name alone, and the free gift of life that is promised to those who believe in this name.
What does Acts 4:10 mean?
Peter is with John, standing before the Sanhedrin. The council demands to know how Peter healed a man who was born lame. Peter tells them the same thing he told the last two groups he spoke to: it was by the power of Jesus of Nazareth—the man they crucified and God raised (Acts 2:14–41; 3:12–26)!
The stakes are a little higher, here. Peter first made this claim to a mob of people who had come to Jerusalem for Pentecost, fifty days after the crucifixion. His audience hailed from as far away as Mesopotamia, Cyrene, and Rome (Acts 2:9–11). Although they were guilty of Jesus’ death in a collective way, it’s unlikely most of them were even in Jerusalem at the time, though they may have heard about Jesus’ death.
The next recorded time Peter accuses his audience of Jesus’ death is the day before this trial, after he healed the lame man (Acts 3:13–15). For the second time, men who probably had nothing to do with the act personally repented of their sin and accepted Jesus as their savior (Acts 4:4).
Now, Peter and John accuse the Jewish leaders who literally condemned Jesus to death. Annas, Caiaphas, and the others arrested Jesus, tried Him, found Him guilty, falsely accused Him before the Roman governor, and stirred up a crowd to make sure Jesus went to the cross. And, although most of the men in the room do not believe resurrection from the dead is possible, they know Jesus’ body is gone. They’ve had months to find it or to charge the disciples with its theft, but they have no idea where Jesus is (Matthew 28:11–15).
The Sanhedrin understands what Peter is saying; later they will tell the apostles, “You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us” (Acts 5:28). Peter’s first two audiences were nominally guilty, but they confessed and repented, and Jesus forgave them. These men who are literally, individually guilty, reject Jesus once again.
What does Acts 4:12 mean?
Peter is explaining to the Sanhedrin whose authority he used to heal a lame man (Acts 3:1–10). Specifically, the council asks, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7). Peter claims that he did it through the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Acts 4:10). One’s “name” includes the sense of one’s identity, power, authority, and reputation. Jesus’ name is the only name that saves.
“Salvation” is from the Greek root word sōtēria. It means “deliverance and preservation” and can imply rescue in a worldly, physical context, such as from enemies, or it can suggest eternal spiritual rescue. The salvation that Christ offers delivers us from sin and hell and preserves us, or keeps us safe, for heaven (John 10:28). “Men” is from the Greek root word Anthrōpos and means “human being;” this is the non-gender-specific reference for all human beings.
In Acts 4:11, Peter calls the Sanhedrin the “builders” who are responsible for the Jewish people and the proper observance of the Jewish religion. As “builders,” the elders, priests, and scribes should have recognized Jesus. Several places in their Scripture—our Old Testament—give very specific descriptions that identity Jesus as the Messiah they have been waiting for. In just the last week of His life He fulfilled prophecies of the donkey He rode into Jerusalem on (Zechariah 9:9; Mark 11:1–7), the way the Roman guards cast lots for His clothing (Psalm 22:18; Mark 15:24), and the fact that His bones were not broken (Psalm 22:17; John 19:31–37).
Sadly, the Jews had a long history of ignoring, abusing, and killing their prophets (1 Kings 19:10; 2 Chronicles 36:16; Jeremiah 2:30). And so they missed the coming of the One they had waited so long for—the only one who could bring them salvation.
Acts 4:5–12 covers Peter and John’s defense before the Sanhedrin—the ruling Jewish council. The priests and other Sadducees have arrested Peter and John because after they healed a lame man, they taught a crowd that Jesus rose from the dead (Acts 3). The Sadducees don’t believe resurrection is possible and really don’t want to hear that a dissident they had killed has come back to life. They ask how Peter got the power to heal the man. Peter tells them, not only is Jesus alive, He’s the Messiah of the Jews and the only path to salvation.
Acts 4 continues the story started in Acts 3. Peter and John have healed a man born lame and preached that Jesus has risen from the dead. The Sanhedrin orders their arrest for teaching the resurrection. The Jewish officials warn Peter and John to stop speaking in Jesus’ name. Peter and John refuse, but, since they have committed no crime, the Sanhedrin releases them. Peter and John return to their friends, and the Jesus-followers pray for boldness in the face of growing persecution. The church continues to grow, sharing all their possessions so that no one is in need