Acts 4:12 - JESUS: The Only Way!

Acts 4:12 - JESUS: The Only Way!

Acts 4:12 (NCV) Jesus is the only One who can save people. His 
name is the only power in the world that has been given to save 
people. We must be saved through him. 

John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, 
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me;  

Isaiah 43:11 (KJV) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there 
is no saviour. 


Jesus is the only source of salvation, the only one able to 
forgive sins and provide new spiritual life. [Victor Bible Reader's 

Many people react negatively to the fact that there is no other 
name than that of Jesus to call on for salvation. Yet this is not 
something the church decided; it is the specific teaching of Jesus himself 
(John 14:6). If God designated Jesus to be the Savior of the world, no 
one else can be his equal. Christians are to be open-minded on many 
issues, but not on how we are saved from sin. No other religious teacher 
could die for our sins; no other religious teacher came to earth as 
God's only Son; no other religious teacher rose from the dead. Our 
focus should be on Jesus, whom God offered as the way to have an 
eternal relationship with himself. There is no other name or way!  [Life 
Application SB] 

   Inevitably there will be people who will challenge your new 
faith by saying, "How can Jesus be the only way to God? I believe that 
all religions lead to God. We all get to God by different roads." 
   Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact that "there 
is salvation in no one else" is not something Peter made up; it was 
a teaching of Jesus himself. Jesus said, "I am the way.... No one 
can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). This was not 
arrogance; it was a truthful statement that only Jesus could fulfill the 
Father's required punishment for sin - and hence, conquer sin itself. 
   Jesus came as the only perfect, sinless human to ever live, 
and he took the punishment for sin. No other religious teacher could 
die for our sins; no other religious teacher came to earth as God's 
only Son; no other religious teacher rose from the dead. Only one 
road takes you to God; only one road guarantees forgiveness of sin 
and everlasting life that road is Jesus himself. [The One Year Bible 
for New Believers re Acts 4:12] 

   How could a loving God send someone to hell when that person 
never heard the Good News of Jesus? In fact, says Paul, in creation 
God has revealed himself plainly to all people. Also, everyone has 
an inner sense of what God requires. All people are wired for a 
personal relationship with God, and if they seek him they will find him. 
No one will go to hell simply because he or she missed out. God 
watches over every individual, knowing the number of hairs on every 
head. He reveals himself and touches lives, but people must choose to 
respond appropriately to whatever understanding they have.  
   God could have kept humans in ignorance about himself, but he 
chose to reveal himself in nature, through the Scriptures, and in 
Jesus Christ. Those who've been given greater revelation have a 
greater responsibility to respond to it, but no one has been left 
completely in the dark. Because God has made certain facts about himself 
plain, people will someday have to give an account before God of why 
they chose to ignore his existence and his character. [The One Year 
Bible for New Believers re Rom. 1:18-20] 

"What about those who have never heard of Jesus?" This 
troublesome question is asked by many who wrestle with whether Jesus really 
is the only possible means of salvation. The example of Cornelius 
suggests that if individuals are truly seeking God, God will find them - 
that anyone who reaches out for God will be brought into contact with 
enough truth to either accept or reject salvation. Missionaries have 
told of reaching people in remote places who had never heard the 
gospel, who are immediately receptive to the gospel because they had 
been truly seeking God. We can trust God to draw people into his 
kingdom, knowing that he has entrusted us with taking the message of the 
kingdom to everyone. [NIV Once A Day Bible re Act. 10:23b-48] 

Remember the lady who cared for Elijah at the direction of God?
   For a time Elijah remained hidden in the mountains by the 
brook Cherith. There for many months he was miraculously provided with 
food. Later on, when, because of the continued drought, the brook 
became dry, God bade His servant find refuge in a heathen land. 
"Arise," He bade him, "get thee to Zarephath, [known in New Testament 
times as Sarepta], which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, 
I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee."   
   This woman was not an Israelite. She had never had the 
privileges and blessings that the chosen people of God had enjoyed; but she 
was a believer in the true God and had walked in all the light that 
was shining on her pathway. And now, when there was no safety for 
Elijah in the land of Israel, God sent him to this woman to find a 
asylum in her home.  {PK 129} 

Wherever there is an impulse of love and sympathy, wherever the 
heart reaches out to bless and uplift others, there is revealed the 
working of God's Holy Spirit. In the depths of heathenism, men who have 
had no knowledge of the written law of God, who have never even 
heard the name of Christ, have been kind to His servants, protecting 
them at the risk of their own lives. Their acts show the working of a 
divine power. The Holy Spirit has implanted the grace of Christ in the 
heart of the savage, quickening his sympathies contrary to his nature, 
contrary to his education. The "Light which lighteth every man that 
cometh into the world" (John 1:9), is shining in his soul; and this 
light, if heeded, will guide his feet to the kingdom of God. COL385 


   God did for us what I did for one of my daughters in the shop 
at New York's La Guardia Airport. The sign above the ceramic pieces 
read Do Not Touch. But the wanting was stronger than the warning, and 
she touched. And it fell. By the time I looked up, ten-year-old Sara 
was holding the two pieces of a New York City skyline. Next to her 
was an unhappy store manager. Over them both was the written rule. 
Between them hung a nervous silence. My daughter had no money. He had no 
mercy. So I stepped in. "How much do we owe you?" I asked. 
   How was it that I owed anything? Simple. She was my daughter. 
And since she could not pay, I did. 
   Since you and I cannot pay, Christ did. We've broken so much 
more than souvenirs. We've ... broken God's heart. 
   With the law on the wall and shattered commandments on the 
floor, Christ steps near (like a neighbor) and offers a gift (like a 
Savior). [Grace For The Moment SB By Max Lucado re Acts 4:12] 

   Through the years, I have been privileged to know some 
prominent people. Most of them are kind, humble people who just happened 
to be blessed with great wealth or fame. Rarely do they play the 
look-who-l-am card to gain special attention or garner favors.  
   For instance, I recently attended the Byron Nelson 
Championship golf tournament in Dallas with Mrs. Byron Nelson. She could have 
played her celebrity card, sat in her honorary private box, been waited 
on hand and foot, and watched the tournament from the eighteenth 
green. Instead, she wore a volunteer uniform, packed lunches, and 
served the golfers in the heat. She's the real deal, as was her 
   The great violinist Jascha Heifetz once arrived in great 
haste at Radio City in New York, perilously close to being late for a 
radio concert with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. He hastened into the 
elevator carrying his violin in its case.  
   The elevator operator looked at Heifetz's violin case and 
said, "You'll have to go in the freight elevator with that."  
   "I have no time," said Heifetz. "I'm in a hurry." 
   "I don't care," said the operator. "All musicians with 
instruments have to ride the freight elevator. That's the rule."  
   Exasperated, Heifetz played what he thought was his trump 
card: "But I'm Jascha Heifetz."  
   And the operator looked him up and down and replied without 
blinking, "I don't care if you're Rubinoff; you have to ride in the 
freight elevator."  
   Like the elevator operator, God does not show favoritism. He 
says Jesus is the way to come to him. You can't travel there by some 
other route. No matter who you are, if you want to spend eternity with 
him, you have to follow the one and only way.  
   Help me, Lord, to follow the Way to heaven. I want to be 
humble enough to do what you have asked me to do. Amen. [The One Year 
Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth re Acts 10:34] 


If God knew that Jesus really did not have to die, then why 
would He send Him to the cross? God doesn't make mistakes, and His 
wisdom is always sound. If He says that we can only come to Him through 
the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, then that is the only 
way there will ever be for us. [Life Principles SB By Charles 
Stanley re Acts 4:12] 

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, 
and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he 
that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I 
written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may 
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name 
of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13 (KJV)   




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