Acts 4:12

Tom Harding

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). This verse along with thousands of others throughout the Bible declare one plain and glorious fact, that Jesus Christ is salvation. Salvation is in a person, not in a place, a position nor a profession, but in Christ Jesus Himself (Eph. 2:20; Luke 2:30). This is only made know to the sinner through the revelation of God the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10). When we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ we declare His name, which describes Who He is and what He accomplished when He obtained eternal redemption for us. Now again, lets consider some more of His names found in holy scripture.

MEDIATOR (1 Tim. 2:5)

Mediator means; one that is a go between, one who mediates between two parties with a view of producing peace. That is exactly what Jesus Christ accomplished for his people at Calvary (2 Cor. 5:18-21). Our sin had separated us from God (Isa. 59:2). However, our Lord took up our case to satisfy God's offended justice and to reconcile us to God. Our Lord being both God and man, can fully comprehend the claims of God and the need of the sinner and provide the perfect remedy. As the Mediator of the covenant of grace (Heb.13:20), He is the guarantee of our salvation. He died not to make salvation a possibility, but an absolute certainty for those He reconciled to God through His blood (Rom. 5:1,8-10).

NAZARENE (Matt.2:23)

Many times in the scriptures He is identified as Jesus of Nazareth. When Peter preached at Pentecost He said, "Jesus of Nazareth a man approved of God" (Acts 2:22). When He was crucified at Jerusalem, the sign read; "Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews" (John 19:19). Evidently Nazareth was a city with a bad reputation. Nathaniel said, "can any good thing come out of Nazareth" (John 1:43-46). Our Lord had absolutely no problem associating Himself with sinners. He said, "I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Matt. 9:13). If you know something about how wicked you are, it ought to encourage you; because Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6).

ONLY BEGOTTEN (John 1:1-14)

When He took upon Himself our humanity (apart from sin), He never stopped being God. He remained what He was and became what He was not, flesh and dwelt among us. His deity though veiled was never laid aside; His humanity though sinless was real humanity (1 Tim. 3:16). This union of two natures in one blessed person was necessary, to enable God to be a Just God and Saviour; to suffer for our sins and to satisfy His justice (Heb. 2:17).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.

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