Summary: As we live our lives we need to remember who it is that we are calling out to and in relationship with. Nothing else even comes close to matching the God that we know!
Since it’s been a few weeks since we have looked at Acts together I want to quickly recap what has been happening to put everything in context. If you remember, Luke opens up the book of Acts by telling the story of Jesus’ return to heaven as the disciples stood and watched. An angel appears to them and tells them to quit sitting around and instead to go back to Jerusalem, await the Holy Spirit and prepare to do God’s work.
The Holy Spirit comes in power on them in the sound of a mighty rushing wind and what looks like tongues of fire falls on the disciples. Because of the loud wind, people from all around come running to find out what happened and it is there that Peter stands up and delivers his first sermon to the people.
Shortly after that sermon, Peter and John are going to the Temple when they pass a crippled man who is begging for money. They tell the man that they have no money to give him but instead give him what they do have – the power of Christ in their lives. They tell the man to get up and walk and the man is healed, thus providing another opportunity for Peter to preach to the people. 5,000 men, not counting women and children, begin a relationship with Christ during these times and all the people were amazed at the power of God. Well…not quite everyone.
Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 4:1-12 to pick up where we left of and continue this story through Acts.
***Read Acts 4:1-12***
Let’s read verse 12 all together. “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” If you are using your own Bible right now, grab a pencil and underline that verse. As we look forward to our week of 24-7 prayer it is so important to remember the fact that there is no God like our God and salvation can be found no where else because as we “call out” to God as Jeremiah 33:3 says, we need to make sure we know who we are talking to. On the count of three, I want everyone to yell out as loud as they can, “There is no God like our God!”
The world around us everyday is constantly trying to tell us that this isn’t true. Just yesterday in the Boson Globe Parade Magazine, the front cover was about an article with Tom Cruise and the basis of it was that there is no such thing as “normal” so people can believe whatever they want to believe and that is a right belief for them. This is so far from the truth of what the Bible teaches.
Again, listen to verse 12. “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” In the book of John, Jesus claims, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In Psalms 86, David prays that, “Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.” Say it with me again, “There is no God like our God!”
Because of what scripture says about our God, there is not more than one path or more than one way to God. The only way is through Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him! If we try to get to God by good deeds and being really good people, we will fall short and at the end of time Christ will claim that He never knew us. If we try to get to God by being successful, powerful, and rich you may find some thrills for a while but in eternity you will fall short and be left with nothing. If you try to get your way to God by being a good religious person and being in church as much as you can and doing a ton of church things, again you will fall short because those things are not enough in themselves. We must grab hold of Christ and accept His Word and His presence in our lives as we stumble through life at His side. Say it with me again, “There is no God like our God!”
One of the other difficult questions that I know some of you have asked and our world definitely pushes is, “What about other religions? We can’t say they are wrong?” Unfortunately, this is one of the tough teachings of the Bible that is hard to understand and accept. But there is a massive difference between a relationship with Christ and all the other religions that you could choose from! There are bits of truth in some of these other religions but again, they fall short from fully knowing God for who He really is because they reject Jesus Christ.