5. Is There Salvation In Any Other Name – (Acts 4:12)
Neither Is There Salvation In Any Other
( Acts 4:12)
If you believe in the Bible you believe in the name of JESUS, as do all Christians. Jesus was a child and seed of David born by the will of God through the power of the Holy Ghost, to be called the Son of God (Luke 1:30-35; John 7:42; Romans 1:3; Galatians 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:8). He was chosen before the foundation of the world to be the Christ, the slain Lamb of God so our faith would be in God (1 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 13:8). WE BELIEVE that it is the only saving name (pursuant to the will of God) and whatsoever you do in word or deed do it all “in” the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:12; Colossians 3:17). But does “the name” Jesus, the word itself, actually save you? Well that actually depends on how you use it, it may or it may not do anything for you. First, you must be able to correctly understand what “in the name of Jesus” means:
Example #1 (In the Name of.. / In my Father’s Name)
(Acts 3:6) “Then Peter said,.… In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”
This verse is clearly telling us by “whose authority” (Jesus) this act or demonstration of power was being conducted under (the command to rise and walk). It demonstrated the power [authority] given to Peter [as a follower of] through Jesus Christ to work miracles through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost/the Spirit of God (Acts 1:8; Romans 15:19). Then Peter said,.… In the name of [by the authority] of Jesus Christ Nazareth rise up and walk.
Even today an officer of the law may call out to an escaping criminal: “Stop, in the name of the law.” He is giving notice to the criminal that he has the authority given him by law by which the criminal is to comply to his command to stop.
NOTE: This is also the same context used by Jesus (below) when he said “I come in my Father’s name” and “the works that I do in my Father’s name“.
Jesus was not claiming that he had the SAME NAME as God [his Father] but that he came [with the authority] of his Father [God] which was GIVEN him (Matthew 28:18)
(John 5:43) “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive”
(John 10:25) “Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me”
The point we should take note of is that the name “Jesus” (the word) in and of itself does not have any power (other men were also called Jesus during this time period– See: The Name Of God) yet it is indeed a very important name to know. There is a phrase that is common, either at the beginning or at the end of a Christian prayer (often praying for healing, deliverance, thanksgiving, etc), we may say something to the effect; “In the name of Jesus we proclaim healing or deliverance over a situation” or “I baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ” (See: In The Name of Jesus) yet understanding the meaning of that phrase is key to correctly understanding the phrase Neither is there salvation in any other… (Acts 4:12) and how that is actually achieved. It is the source of power (God) that is behind the name Jesus that makes this passage so powerful. You can say the word “Jesus” or write it a thousand times but that alone will not give you supernatural power to heal anyone from cancer, raise people from the dead or provide you with “salvation” (eternal life), not unless you have two things:
“Faith” (believing in the operating authority behind the name); and “works” (evidence – James 2:14, 17, 18).