Acts 4:12 "The Only Name" (Helmet of Salvation - Week 4)

Acts 4:12 "The Only Name" (Helmet of Salvation - Week 4)

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)

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

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (NLT)

Dive Deeper:

“Methods of Salvation”

Everywhere we turn, we're bombarded with promises of quick fixes: shortcuts to wealth, new diets for shedding pounds, self-help books for inner peace, and influencers claiming they've found the foolproof paths to success. But even when we attain that coveted promotion, flashy new car, or a European vacation, it never seems to be enough, and we keep searching for more. We're all looking for salvation, even if we don't realize it. 

We could certainly spend our time breaking down the different religions and belief systems of the world and proving that Jesus is the only way, truth, and life that He is, but I think instead, we must think about the temptation for too much comfort in this world. For us, the greatest threat against our faith may not be other religions but worldly pleasures. The American Dream is after your soul. 

The Bible tells us not to set our hopes in wealth because it's uncertain. Instead, we should trust in God, who gives us everything we need to enjoy life. (1 Timothy 6:17) When we possess all we desire materially, we not only remain unsatisfied but also become so comfortable and reliant on our own strength that we stop placing our trust in the Lord. 

He Cares for You

I once spoke with a pastor from Haiti who explained how the Haitian people's strong faith comes from relying solely on Jesus in their struggles. Unlike Americans, who initially tend to turn to money or medicine for solutions, they trust in Jesus first because He is all they truly have. While money and medicine can be good, they shouldn't be our first resort. This begs the question: do we trust in our own abilities or in God's provision?

We cannot save ourselves, yet we live in a world that suggests otherwise. Feeling unwell? See a doctor. Car trouble? Dip into your 6-month emergency savings. Stressed out? Distract yourself with some Netflix. The cycle continues. But what if we genuinely believed that Jesus is the sole route to salvation, rescuing us not only from the Wrath of God but also is the one who generously meets all our needs? He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one reaches the Father except through Him. Our salvation isn't self-made, nor can it be earned through our efforts, success, or good works. We cannot rescue ourselves. We will destroy ourselves if we try. 

Don't place your hope in wealth or your own abilities. Instead, trust in the One who holds the power to save your soul. He cares for you deeply. Many names, religions, and self-help methods claim to offer salvation, but only through Christ can true salvation be found. So, let's put our hope in Him because He cares for us, now and forever.


Written by Blake Stanley


Read the following passage:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 

- Philippians 4:11-12

Does this describe you? What’s an area of your life you need to give over your hold on to God, trusting in Him to handle it better than you can?


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