Lord Jesus, let us experience the power of thy name to bring salvation. Amen.
Acts 4, 8-12. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, 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. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The name of Jesus Christ had healed the lame man, with the result that “he, leaping up, stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” This name shall heal all sinners who believe in him. There is none other, nor any other thing whatever, that can save us poor lost and condemned men. Only the name of Jesus is able to bring about this gracious miracle of miracles. Some have sought salvation in the law, some in their name of Christians and in the mere outward use of baptism and the Lord’s supper, some in their penitence and tears, some in their prayers and religious exercises; but none has found it in any of these things.
Peace and life are to be had only in Jesus Christ, in heart-fellowship with him through faith. — “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” It was necessary that salvation be “given”; it must of necessity be a gift of God, and Jesus was given us; the only begotten Son of God became man and our Savior. “Jesus,” Savior, was and is his precious name. It is the name above every name, and contains God’s love for us, our deliverance from all evil, and our eternal salvation. By this name only must we be saved; and all who are so happy as to know him wish to be saved by him, and by none other; and they also know in the deepest recesses of the heart that they can be saved by none other. But by this name we must be saved. You ought to be saved in the name of Jesus: and you shall be, if you believe in him. As surely as the lame man was healed, so surely shall you be saved by this name. For it is full of saving power and blessed life for poor sinners. As the lame man by the power of Jesus’ name entered into the temple, leaping, and walking, and praising God, so shall you, by the power of this name to forgive sin and to quicken you, praise God and serve him in his church here on earth, and bless him forever in the heavenly temple of glory. There is salvation in none but Jesus; and there is nothing but salvation in Jesus. Then let our watchword be: Only bliss, and this only in the name of Jesus.
Precious Savior, give us thy Holy Spirit; so that we heartily be lieve in thee, experience the power of thy grace to save us, and confess thee with confidence and joy. May none of us through unbelief reject the mercy unto salvation contained in thy precious name. Amen.