Summary: There is salvation for everyone in Jesus’ Name alone.
INTRO.: Background; the 3rd and 4th chapters of Acts find the Apostle Peter preaching the Gospel before two vastly different audiences. The first is a crowd of worshipers, travelers, merchants, etc. who gathered in the temple area called Solomon’s porch to find out about a crippled man Peter had healed. The hear him gladly and hundreds are converted.
Peter and John are arrested and thrown into jail by the Jewish leaders because they are teaching in the temple and proclaiming through Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They are left overnight and the next day brought before the Sanhedrine, where Peter proclaims the Gospel before a vastly different audience. Read Acts 4:5-12 (quickview) .
These were Israel’s rulers. The most powerful, August group of Jews that could be assembled, and Peter knew they were hostile to him and his message. There were 71 men in the Sanhedrine and some visitors present. This was the same group that sentenced Jesus to death. When he finished, not one of them was converted.
Peter appears before them as their judge. He tells them they have rejected the One Who could bring them redemption and opposed God directly by putting Him to death. In these circumstances, he utters the words of our text and he reveal the greatest good news the world has ever heard. (Read Acts 4:12 (quickview) .)
I. There is salvation:
A. The story is about more than just the physical healing of a cripple:
1. It’s about salvation from death, spiritual and eternal.
2. It’s about deliverance from confusion, meaninglessness, anxiety that fills our lives from time to time.
3. It’d about salvation from sin - the underlying cause of all grief.
B. This salvation is supremely important:
1. The world we live in is utterly sinful and threatening.
2. Salvation is worth more than silver or gold and more than physical healing.
3. In 3:12, Peter rejects personal acclaim to present Jesus and salvation.
4. In 4:20, he rejects political favor.
5. In 4:31 he rejects personal safety.
6. Because God sent His Son to die for us, there is salvation.
II. There is salvation in Jesus Name
A. This idea came from Holy Spirit inspired men:
1. The religious leaders rejected and became hostile. It certainly didn’t come from them.
2. Apostles were under compulsion to preach it. 4:20
3. The apostles told what they saw and heard. They were eyewitnesses.
4. The Holy Spirit guided them in recalling and proclaiming the message.
B. Salvation is in Jesus’ Name and the Name stands for the man.
1. In vv. 7-10, Peter uses the word "name" to refer to the power and authority of Jesus.
2. In His Name we are saved and in it we appeal to the Father for blessings.
III. Salvation is in Jesus’ Name alone:
A. This excludes a lot of common ideas:
1. Trusting in keeping the 10 commandments.
2. Knowledge and science: Some think eventually these will save us. So they have their bodies frozen, their DNA preserved, etc.