Acts 4:12 NIV “ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
A name is a symbol of authority that is used to identify the person who bears it. When used in the context of a power of attorney like Jesus gave His disciples the right to, it invokes the authority of the one who bears the name. The permission to command and receive in the stead of the one who bears the name is granted. Think of what it means to be given the power of attorney to use the authority of the Office of the President of the United States of America. It is mind boggling, as it means all kinds of things to the one who understands the benefits aback the name.
In Acts 3, the Bible gives us a story wherein the name of Jesus was invoked to bring restoration to one who was lame. While going to the temple to pray, Peter and John had an encounter with a man lame from birth by the temple gate who begged alms, Peter in response said, “…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (v.6). Scripture goes on to record that he took him by the hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and the man jumped to his feet and began to walk. (Acts 3:6-8). Notice in this encounter that Peter did not pray for the man. All he did was invoke the authority in the name. The power to perform the miracle is inherent in the name.
You will also go on to notice in the later verses that as the people marveled at what they had witnessed, Peter thought it no big deal. He goes on to recount the encounter to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? …By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:12-16) In this we get a sense that Peter used the name as a tool or a weapon. Rightly so, the name is a weapon that carries the power that backs the man Jesus Christ Himself.
It is the name of salvation and deliverance. The word salvation means preservation or deliverance from destruction. In essence, the power to save your life, your family, your marriage, your children, your business etc from destruction is in the name. Use it with confidence. Peter said to the lame man, “…what I do have I give you”. Take ownership of the name. Build confidence in its power, for salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved, except by the name of Jesus!
Scriptures to Meditate: Isa.43:13, 1 Thess.1:10, Ps.91:2-3, Luk.4:18, Ps.18:2