No Other Name (Joshua 24; Acts 4)

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we may be saved.”  Acts 4:12

Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of your father served in the region beyond the River, or the god of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Through the years I have developed a pattern of choice when it comes to the products that I use in my home.  For example, Whirlpool is the brand of choice for appliances in our home.  The reason, “We have had great success with their products.”  Until a recent purchase of a washing machine.  It is still to be determined if I will stick with this name.

When we turn the pages of the Bible to the book of Acts we find ourselves reading about the history of the first 30 years of the church.  Here we see the church in her formative days.  We find her developing a strategy for such things as missions, fellowship, teaching, worship, and care in the church.  The book of Acts is where we build all of the practical out working’s of the church.  And where we also find how we are to theologically stand as followers of Christ.

We find an illustration of this in Acts 4 as the Apostles are arrested and told to never again teach in the name of Jesus.  The response of the Apostles should be the same response we have today as we are told to be quite about our faith.  There is no other name we can share.  Jesus is the hope of the world.

The first church knew the cost of such a stand.  They were willing to suffer for the cause of Christ.  They were willing to pool all of their resources in order to get this name to the world.  Their prayer in 4:23-30 is a model prayer for the church even today.

Brothers and sisters may we say with Joshua, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Certainly it is yet to be seen if we stick with the Whirlpool name.  But it is certain we will stick with the name Jesus.  I pray you do the same?

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