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No other Name – but Jesus | Acts 4:5-12

5 The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. 7 They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 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,[ a ] the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.’[ b ]

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:5-12 (NLT) 中文

Peter Preaching – Aftermath

Peter has preached his 2nd sermon to the crowd that had gathered when he and John healed a man lame from birth by the power of the Holy Spirit. He concluded by confirming that Jesus is the Prophet Moses prophesied. As a result, many came to believe. Another result is they were thrown in jail. 

Now for his 3rd “preaching” / defense. This time to the religious leaders, in court! And boy were there a lot of religious leaders! Seems like every one of them came. Maybe this is where the English expression, “everyone and his brother” came from.

Filled with the Spirit

They ask what’s the source of power behind Peter’s preaching. The Holy Spirit. Peter was filled with the Spirit. As we mentioned before, Acts is about the early church, but more about the working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, as a person of the triune God, has always been, always is and always will be. Jesus calls Him the comforter (John 14:26). We are challenged by Paul to be continually filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

No other name

Peter makes it crystal clear to these leaders: Only by the power of the Name of Jesus was this man healed. It’s not by Peter or John’s power or ability. And, in fact, it’s been prophesied long ago that He would come. He quotes from Psalm 118:22 here. But then he gets to the main point: You need to be saved! And, there is no other name by which to be saved (v12).

RЯeflection

  • Are we asking God to fill us and re-fill us with the Holy Spirit? You might say that we leak so need to keep being filled (Ephesians 5:18). 
  • What do we need saving from? There are many voices with different answers. When we understand the truth, that we need salvation from eternal punishment and separation from God, we better find the right Savior. That Savior better be “approved” by God. They better be able to save. Certainly they must be willing.
    Our good deeds can in no way save us. It’s a ridiculous idea. When someone understands the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that all have sinned (Romans 3:23), when they know God is a holy and righteous God, they realize we could never do enough good to cover our sin. God, the God of the Bible, the only true God, tells us there is only one Savior – His Son, Jesus Christ (v12) Click here for more.
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