Acts 4: 5-12

The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, and Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them:  “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, them know this, you and all the people of Israel:  It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is

” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

A Thought

After God had healed the crippled beggar, Peter preached that Christ’s resurrection was the fulfillment of the promise spoken by the prophets and the covenant God made with their fathers long ago. The number who believed grew to about five thousand. Peter and John were arrested by the rulers, elders and the teachers of the law. The next day they all questioned Peter and John by what name or power did they do this. Peter filled with the Holy Spirit took this opportunity to witness to them that it was in the name of the One they had crucified and God had raised from the dead, Jesus who healed the crippled man. The One they had rejected had now become the only name by which salvation is found–the name by which we must be saved.

Our Prayer

Father thank you for that name given to all mankind by which we must be saved. Thank you for the fulfillment of all the Scriptures given by You to the prophets of old. We ask that you fill us with the boldness of your Holy Spirit that we speak the truth of your word filled with your love to others that they may be saved, in Jesus’ name, amen.