Verse of the Day Devotion: Act 4:12
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour which was the hour of prayer. A man who had been lame from birth was sitting at the temple gate called “Beautiful” begging for financial assistance. Upon seeing Peter and John, he requested financial help from them. Then Peter and John looked at him and Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” Acts 3:6. Peter then helped him up and immediately his feet and ankles were strengthened, and he began to walk. Many people saw this man walking and praising God, knowing that this was the man crippled and begging every day at the Beautiful Gate.
Now, Peter and John began teaching the people about Christ. “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Therefore, repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;” Acts 3:17-19. They are calling the leadership to return to true worship and adoration of the true God, not the one they were serving. Note: There were around 5000 men who believed their word when the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came to have them arrested.
The next day, John and Peter were taken before the rulers, elders and scribes where they were asked by what power they healed this man. Peter then, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered by saying that it was Jesus the Nazarene, whom they crucified and whom God raised from the dead; by His name this man has been healed and is standing before them. He added then, “He is the STONE, WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.” Acts 4:11. And then they declared, by our focus verse, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.
The word ‘salvation’ properly denotes any preservation or the keeping of anything in a “safe” state; a preserving from harm. Also, it denotes deliverance of body or mind of the same, sickness, pain, danger, etc. In the New Testament, it is normally applied to the Messiah, Christ, and what He came to do. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10. Mankind cannot, in and of themselves, become found. We were separated from God and did not have the access Adam and Eve had prior to their sin.
What Peter was saying to the leadership was they did not have the power to provide this salvation. Their adherence to the law and its rules and works could not provide what mankind needed. There is only one name by which man can be saved, that being Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. And these words pertain to us today as they did to those in the first century. It is Christ alone, not through any other man or woman, prophet, idol or false god, teacher, leader or any false Christ. Salvation has its origin in God, and the Savior, He gave us, and cannot be originated by any power among people.
This word must be preached to all people, letting them know that Christ is the only answer to all our issues; physical, moral or spiritual. Salvation from all these areas is only available by the Creator of all things. Sin caused separation from God, sickness, pain, danger and all things that we suffer today. And the Messiah, Christ is the only source of salvation from all these areas. Our job is to go out and evangelize the world. “And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23. Many are deluded that salvation comes from many sources, religions, works, etc. It is our job to compel the world to come to God’s house through the only door possible, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and the acceptance of this work. And we must not cave and give in to the arguments of those who question or debate us. The answer is clear and immutable. Stand strong and spread this good news to all we come in contact with. In so doing, we will fill His house, thus pleasing Him and also help those who need and want salvation, receive it. This is love, both of God and our fellow man.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.