NO OTHER NAME

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      08/12/18
 
“No Other Name"
Acts 3 & 4
 
INTRODUCTION: We conclude our series today on “The Names of God in Genesis.”  But we go to the Book of Acts at a time after the resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church. Peter and John go to the Temple and a lame man is healed in the name of Jesus. The man leaps up and praises God and people come running to see what the excitement is all about. They begin praising God in amazement. Peter tells them that the Jesus they crucified has risen from the dead, and the man was healed by the name and power of Jesus. While he is preaching, the authorities step in and arrest him. The elders ask, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders…let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well (Acts 4:7-8). Jesus has the name that is above every name. All authority and power are in the name of Jesus
 
THERE IS HEALING IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
 
*The name of Jesus gives authority to heal and work miracles. The purpose of signs and wonders is to draw people to God. And he [the lame man] fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God (Acts 3:5-8).
 
*Peter and John gave credit to Jesus for the healing and they demanded that the people repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus. You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all… Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:15-19).
 
*Peter and John were arrested for preaching the resurrection in the name of Jesus but many people believed in Jesus. And they arrested them… But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand (Acts 4:3-4).
 
True healing draws people to Jesus.
 
THERE IS SALVATION IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
 
*Realizing that Peter and John were uneducated men, the authorities wanted to know by what power or authority they used to heal the man. Every spiritual or religious system operates under some authority.  On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem…And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:5-8).
 
*Peter the coward now boldly proclaims that they operate under the name of Jesus Christ and that Jesus healed the man. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well (Acts 4:8-10).
 
*The name Jesus means “salvation.” Jesus is the promised Savior. He is the only way to God. No other gods, religions, or systems can bring us to God. Peter said, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
 
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
 
THERE IS BOLDNESS IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
 
*Jesus gives us boldness to speak the truth. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition (Acts 4:13-14).
 
*Jesus gives us the power to stand up for what is right. So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20).
 

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