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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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None Other Name
In Acts chapter four Peter and John are going to the temple at the time of prayer and see a man who had been lame from his birth asking alms. As Peter noticed him he said unto the lame man, look on us, and he looked expecting to receive something from them. But what he received was something better than he could ever have imagined. Here is a man who has been lame for over forty years. He has never had the privilege to work. He has been carried everywhere he has traveled. He has never stood and cheered anyone on in any kind of sport. He has lain upon his bed asking alms. Peter told him “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk”. And Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. As they entered the temple all the people came together wondering and amazed and Peter preached Jesus as Messiah unto them. The leaders of the temple came upon them grieved as he taught about Jesus and put their hands on them and held them until the next day. But during this meeting there were about two thousand more that trusted Jesus and were added to the church. The next day the rulers, scribes elders and high priest came together and questioned by what authority they did this miracle. Then Peter, being filled with the Holy Ghost, answered “Ye rulers and elders of Israel if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole”. He is saying it wasn’t by our power or ability but it was God who performed this miracle. He went on to say that this was the stone which was set at nought of you builders but God made Him to be the chief cornerstone. That brings us to verse 12 where I want to get our message for this week; none other name.
Jesus is the way or the means of salvation. There is no other way to get to Heaven. Jesus said Himself in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me”. There is no preacher, priest, pope or any other person which can save an individual. Paul wrote to Timothy in First Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus”. Mohammed can’t save you; Buddha can’t save you, Confucius can’t save you; only Jesus Christ can save you. According to the Bible, God’s Word, it is Jesus or Hell dear friend. John 3:16 states “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
Next I want you to see the mercy of salvation. Peter said “given among men”. The word given speaks of the mercy, grace and the gift of God. What is mercy? Mercy is withholding what we really deserve. We, being a sinner, really deserve Hell and an eternity of torments. But God, in His mercy, is withholding that from us. Paul wrote to Titus and said it is not by our works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. The word given also speaks of grace. What is grace? Grace is giving us what we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve salvation. We don’t deserve Heaven or eternal life but because of His grace He gives it all to us. Ephesians 2:8 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith”. It is by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that brings salvation to us. The word given also speaks of a gift. What is a gift? It is something given without any thought of payment. Ephesians 2:8 says again “it is the gift of God”. Paul says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. You can’t work for it, earn it, buy it, or trade for it but it is given to all who will come and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The last thing we will see is the must of salvation. He says “whereby we must be saved”. Salvation is not optional, you must be saved. It is not a luxury or something in which you can do without, it is a necessity. Jesus told Nicodemus “Ye must be born again”. Why is it a necessity? In order for a person to go to Heaven he must be saved. Without salvation, without the Lord Jesus Christ, one is on the road to Hell. There are only two destinations, Heaven and Hell. To which are you headed today?
I know there are certain things a person says they must do. Some say they must have a good education; a retirement account; a nice house; a new car or the latest style in clothing. There is nothing wrong with those things but they are not necessary. The only thing you really need, the only thing that is necessary is being born again. That should be your highest priority for Jesus said in Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul”?