Standing before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Council, in the first century for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, the apostle Peter, along with the apostle John, set forth a foundational truth that we would do well to remember today. Describing Jesus to them, and reminding them of their part in His crucifixion, he tells them, “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 4:12).
It is shocking to realize how many profess Christ and some plan of salvation under another name than Jesus Christ. Think about it. Look around your town.
Do a Google search on “churches” and consider the various names those professing Christ actually profess Christ under. It is astounding.
Is this the way the Lord ordained it? Is this the way the Lord built His church (Matt. 16:18)? Not at all.
Clearly, those apostles in the first century didn’t preach a divided Christ. They opposed such thinking (1 Cor. 1:10-13). They preached “one faith” and “one hope” and “one baptism” (Eph. 4:4-6). There was “one body” and there is still only “one body” (Eph. 4:4).
Salvation is not in Martin Luther. It is not in John Calvin. Augustine did not supply it.
Salvation was not supplied by the current Pope, or any other Pope that ever lived. You can’t find salvation by reading the likes of N.T. Wright, Francis Chan, Max Lucado or any other popular writer. You won’t find salvation by reading bulletin articles.
God has provided His plan of salvation, which was ordained before the foundation, through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice to make that salvation possible (Rom. 5:6-11). The Holy Spirit revealed God’s salvation to us through His inspired writers (Eph. 3:1-7).
If you want to find salvation, you need to spend time with the Word of God. Jesus is that Word (John 1:1-2, 14). He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Him (John 14:6).
Jonathan Perz preaches for the Church of Christ in Moody. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the church on Facebook.