August 22, 2023 – Tuesday
Acts 4:11-12 NIV
11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:11-12 NKJV
11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:11-12 NET
11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must] be saved.”
First things first, all three versions in verse 11 begin by quoting Psalm 118:22, 22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone NIV. Next, the speaker is the Apostle Peter, filled with the holy spirit, addressing the 8 “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
You see, the day before Peter and John were going to the temple and in Acts 3, Peter said to a lame beggar, 6 “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
Later in the day in Acts 4, 1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. For this they were placed in jail as many who had heard them preaching the word or message about Jesus came to believe in Him as the risen Christ and Son of God.
Key here is the phrase the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (twice above) and the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And guess what the Sanhedrin after much discussion 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. They were serious as Peter and John had replied to them earlier, 11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
After they were released after more dire warnings, they 23 … went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. They all ended with, 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Bottom Line: Then as today, the name of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, was hated by those who did not believe or were involved in sin. Today, as then, we as Christians, followers of Christ, are called to be bold and proclaim the name of Jesus as our Lord and Savior just as the first believers did. After all, 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Grant us the strength and courage to never, never deny Your Son as our Lord and Savior and the truth as He stated it in John 14:6b, No one comes to the Father except through Me. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton