The apostle Peter was summoned before the priests and Sadducees, the chief of his nation, to answer for having restored a man who was lame from his mother’s womb. Whilst accounting for this case of cure, the apostle Peter recognized a fine opportunity of showing to these people, who otherwise will not listen to him, the way of the salvation of the soul.
- So he proceeds from the less to the greater, from the healing of a man’s limb to the healing of a man’s soul; and having informed them already that it was through the name of Jesus Christ that the impotent man had been made whole, he now announces that salvation the great salvation, must be wrought by the selfsame means; “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
- It has been observed that among the many thousands of English words, the three most difficult words are “I was wrong,” and the two most delightful words are “check enclosed.” Be that as it may, it can be safely concluded that the most dynamic single word in the English language is the word “salvation.” Salvation is the most important thing in the world, both now and hereafter.
- The word “salvation” literally means to be delivered from the greatest evil and to be brought unto the highest good. Acts 4:12 declares in a plain and dogmatic words that there is only one way of salvation. How sublimely does the apostle Peter, in these words, shut up the rulers of Israel to Jesus for salvation, and in what universal and emphatic terms does he hold up his Lord as the one Hope of men!
- Consider The NOTICE beyond EXCEPTION
- “Neither is there salvation in any other” This statement is designed to be exclusive. No exception at all! If there is salvation in none other, THEN there must be ONE that is all – sufficient.
- Now just hear the text: how intolerant is the Christian religion!
“Neither is there salvation in any other.” Do I think that none are saved apart from Christ? I don’t think it, I know it according to our text. Whatever is your way of salvation for there are a thousand different inventions of men whereby they seek to save themselves whatever it may be, hear what is verse states: “Neither is there salvation in any other.” (Deu. 4:39) “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” (1Tim. 2:5) “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
(Isa.45:5) “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me…” (Isa.45:22) “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isa.46:9) “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God , and there is none like me….”
- In Christ ALONE is cleansing, pardon, forgiveness and life everlasting. There is no exception. It is Christ or eternal tragedy. Jesus is not a value that we can negotiate, nor is He a preference we can reject. He is the truth, and the truth cannot be changed.
- The bible says in (Pr 14:12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Also in (Pr 16:25) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- Notice the Faith of Salvation. (V.12) “Neither is there salvation in any other…”
- Notice the Foundation of Salvation. (V.12) “…for there is none other name under heaven…”
- Notice the Finality of salvation. (V.12) “…whereby we must be saved.”
- Consider The NAME beyond EXPRESSION –
- “There is none other name under heaven given among men” No name except that divinely appointed one, (Mt 1:21), by which salvation from sin can be expected none given under heaven no other means ever devised by God himself for the salvation of a lost world. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and no man ever came, or can come, to the Father but by him. (Joh14:6)
- Consider Jesus is the Sovereign name. (Phil.2:9,10) “Wherefore God hath highly….”
- Consider Jesus is the Sacrificial name. (Phil.2:8)”And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
- Jesus is the Saving name.
(Acts 10:43) “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” No other Savior but Jesus; no salvation if His is rejected; no other name to save from destruction, unless He is accepted. That is, no other person designed or appointed by God, to be the author of redemption, and procurer of salvation for a lost and miserable world, but only Christ.
III. Consider The NEED beyond EXEMPTION.
- “Whereby we must be saved” It is imperative – we must be saved! Being saved is not a choice it is an absolute must.
- Notice the Scope of Salvation. “Whereby”
This speaks to us concerning the Means and Methods and Might of salvation. I am thankful that Jesus said in (Joh 6:37) “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
The bible also says in (Joh 3:16) 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. The truth of this matter is that “whosoever” can be saved! The Bible expands on this theme in a number of places. Some that are especially noteworthy are these, Rev. 22:17; John 3:16; John 6:37; John 7:37; Isa. 55:1). These verses are sufficient to prove the case that God’s plan of salvation is available to anyone who needs it.
- Notice the Simplicity of Salvation. “We must be saved”
As Peter continued to preach, he promised that those who would simply “call on the name of the Lord” (Acts.2:21) would be saved! I don’t know about you, but I not only want to know who it will work for, but I also want to know how it is accomplished. It is one thing to know that I can be saved, and another altogether to understand how I can be saved. Thankfully, the Bible tells us exactly how.
To be saved, a person must be aware of some very important things
They Must Know That They Are Sinners – Rom. 3:23; 2. They Must Know That There Is A Price On Sin – Rom. 6:23 3. They Must Know That Jesus Paid That Price For Them – Rom. 5:6-8. 4. They Must Understand The Truth Of The Gospel – (Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead), and they mist be willing to confess that back to God – Rom. 10:9-10. 5. They Must Be Willing To Ask The Lord To Save Their Soul – (Rom. 10:13)
- Notice the Substance of Salvation.
We have discovered that God’s plan is for all men and that it is a simple plan that anyone can believe. Now we need to consider what this plan will do for you when it is received.
Here is what being saved does for you:1. Salvation brings deliverance from the wrath of God – Rom. 5:9. (Ill. This also mean deliverance from Hell!) 2. Salvation brings forgiveness of sins – Col. 2:13; Eph. 4:32.
Salvation brings absolute security – John 10:28; Heb. 7:25.4.
Salvation brings the promise of Heaven – John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 2:9.5.
Salvation brings about a changed life – 2 Cor.5:17.
- Notice the Supply of Salvation. “…must be saved!”
What brought about this wonderful plan of salvation? What was the event that enables God to offer this precious plan to fallen men? The answer is found in Peter’s message. (v.10)
In the words of Peter, this plan of salvation came about because a man maned Jesus Christ went to an old rugged cross and died between Heaven and earth to pay the sin debt of the entire world. He died for you on the cross and according to the Bible, He got up the third day and He still lives to save the lost this morning.
Jesus Christ shed His innocent blood to pay for sin and then He arose from the dead to offer eternal life to all who will receive Him by faith. That is the Gospel and that is what will save the human soul.
That and nothing else, John 14:6. The preaching of the cross may be foolishness to a pagan world, but it is the power of God to those who have experienced it – 1 Cor. 1:18.