Summary: Jesus is the only way of salvation
A Study of the Book of Acts
Sermon # 8
“THERE IS NO OTHER NAME!”
The story began at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles. Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter and John, were on their way to the temple to pray, at 3: 00 in the afternoon. As they came to the gate called “Beautiful” they came upon a man lame from birth. This man asked them for money, but he received much more. In the name of Jesus Christ, Peter commanded him to get up and walk. The spectacle of this man clinging to Peter and John as he continued to leap up and down praising God, caused a large crowd to gather. Peter then preached to the crowd, when a party of temple guards came up and arrested them. And this is where our story takes up in Acts 4.
“Now as they spoke to the people, the priest, the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them.(2) being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus name the resurrection from the dead. (3) And they laid hand on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. (4) However, many of those who heard the word believed; the number of the men came to about five thousand. (5) And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders and scribes, (6) as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. (7) And when they set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” (8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: (9) “If we this day are judged for a good deed done to the helpless man, by what means he has been made well,(10) “let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. (11) “This is the stone that was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ (12) Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which you must be saved.”
I. THE REACTION OF THE RELIGIOUS
“Now as they spoke to the people, the priest, the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them.(2) being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus name the resurrection from the dead. (3) And they laid hand on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.”
In Acts 1, the promise is given by Jesus that the disciples would receive power. In Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, they received that power. It was the power to become mighty witnesses for Jesus Christ. Thousands of people were saved that day and the power of God was unleashed. In Acts 3, we see the power of God used to help people. The man by the Temple gate called Beautiful was healed. Now, in Acts 4, we see the fallout of that healing among the religious leaders of the day.