Terry R Baughman is Lead Pastor for LifeChurch in Gilbert, AZ. See his complete bio at trbaughman.com
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Terry R. Baughman
“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 NKJ).
The name of Jesus comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew for “Yahweh Saves,” or as is often identified, “Jehovah-salvation.” The name of the Lord was often referred to in the Old Testament text, but the revelation of His name and the fullness of the plan of God to bring redemption had not yet been unveiled. The special name that God chose to bear in His incarnation was not revealed until the opening pages of the Gospels.
The young virgin maiden, Mary, was chosen to bear the Son of God. Even before Mary gave birth, Joseph was instructed, “She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21 NKJ). Jesus Himself stated, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJ). Salvation was the essential purpose God came to provide. Paul wrote, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4–5 NKJ).
The Gospel was vested in the commission of Jesus and the power of His name. He revealed, “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47 NKJ). The disciples received the understanding that great authority and power came through the name of Jesus. From the commission in Mark, Jesus stated, “In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17–18 NKJ).
With the commission and the revelation of His purpose it was understood that all things were to be performed under His authority and in His name. Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost was clear, and the other disciples stood in agreement when he instructed those who believed in Jesus, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38 NKJ).
Soon after this powerful launch of the New Testament church, the miraculous healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate in Jerusalem brought positive and negative attention to this emerging group. Some desired to discredit their message of the resurrection, while others were attracted to the powerful, incredible miracle and desired to learn more. A man who had never walked ran leaping into the Temple. When disciples were arrested and questioned as to the cause of such a miracle, Peter explained that it was Jesus, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16 NKJ).
This was the context of the story bearing witness to the power in the name of Jesus, which concluded with the text above, “There is no other name under heaven
given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is that One Name!
“We thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One” (1 Corinthians 15:57 TPT).
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