No Other Name

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These notes accompany the sermon found here.

Read Acts 4:1-22.

The Scene

Acts 4:5-6, First the Sadducees who controlled the council and do not believe in the resurrection. Also other rulers and elders.

Then the high priests:  Annas, Caiphas, and family.

The Question

Acts 4:7, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”

The Answer

Acts 4:10, “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.”

This Jesus: 

    • You crucified.  Acts 4:10.  
    • God raised from the dead. Acts 4:10.  
    • Was rejected by you. Acts 4:11.
    • Is the cornerstone.  Acts 4:11.
    • Psalm 118:22.
    • Is the only way of salvation.  Acts 4:12.

Some Lessons

  • Filled with the Spirit, God’s people can face any foe.
  • Being Filled with the Spirit: Luke 1:15, 1:41, 1:67; Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31, 9:17, 13:9, 13:52; Ephesians 5:8.
  • See also: 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13, 2:18, 2:22; Matthew 3:10-11; Luke 3:9-16.
  • Most people in positions of power and influence do not yield it to God.
  • The true gospel must be preached to everyone.
  • If we preach the gospel, many will believe.
  • Even faced with obvious miracles, some will refuse to believe.

Exclusivity

  • Is absolutely true, but is a difficult subject.
    • Difficult because of mankind’s rebellion to God.
    • Difficult because of the popular illusion of “progress.”
  • Jesus taught the exclusive nature of Himself.
    • Exclusiveness as expressed by Jesus: Matthew 11:27; John 3:18, 6:53, 10:7-9; 14:6, 17:3, 18:37.  In John 17:3 the definition of eternal life is knowledge of Jesus and the Father.
    • See also: John 4; Matthew 19:16-29.
  • And the Apostles continued to teach the exclusiveness of Christ.
    • See 1 John 5:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Galatians 1:6-9; Revelation 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:11-15, 21:27.

The Relevance of this Teaching Today

  • We live in a pluralistic society.
  • Our desire for religion shows our need for God.
  • Our desire for a religion other than Jesus Christ shows our rebellion.
  • Deny exclusivity and we deny Jesus
  • All religions cannot lead to God
  • Make a decision about Jesus Christ
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