NO OTHER NAME

 

A popular African proverb states that there are many roads leading to the market or any destination. In the affairs of this world, this may be true to some extent. However, when considering the road to heaven, the proverb is very far from the truth. It is the faulty wisdom of men against which God clearly warned us, “that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”. (1 Corinthians 2:5). There are not many routes, but only ONE WAY to heaven.

 

How do I know this? God’s word, the truth, which can never lie said so in clear and unambiguous terms several times. One time fearful Peter declared boldly before the Jewish leaders, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Peter was referring to the name of Jesus. Salvation is freedom from Satan, sin and all his works into abundant life. For some who may still hold to the erroneous belief that there are many intermediaries between God and man, Paul the erudite lawyer, has a strong word for you, “For there is one God and ONE MEDIATOR between God and Men, the Man Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). Because of the seriousness of the matter, Paul even put a curse on anyone, including himself, who preaches any other way to be saved, “Let God’s curse fall on any one including myself, who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about (Jesus), yet if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed (Galatians 1:8, New living Bible). The import of Paul’s message was that Jesus was God’s final messenger to humanity (Hebrews 1:2). To cap it all, Jesus Himself declared authoritatively, “I am THE WAY, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Note that Jesus said, “I am The Way”, not one of the ways.

 

You may ask the question why is Jesus the only way to God? The story dates back to Adam and Eve. Before they sinned, there was a direct communication between God and man. As a result of their sin of disobedience to God’s command which affects all human beings (Romans 3:23), there was a complete disconnect between God and man because a holy God could not relate with sinful man, “But your iniquities have separated you from Your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2). Since without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22), God had to send His Son, Jesus to die in our place, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the Just for the unjust that He might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18). Because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins by His precious blood on the cross, we have been reconciled and reconnected to God, “that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This is why the name of Jesus became the only access route to God (Ephesians 2:18; 3:12).

 

In addition to this, Jesus parades unique and impressive credentials which no other religious founder could ever match. His birth was prophesied hundreds of years before hand. His character was impeccable and He had unequal compassion for suffering humanity. Among other things, He saved sinners, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, fed the hungry and cast out demons. Because Satan, death and hell bow to His name, He was able to raise many people from the dead. He demonstrated mastery over nature; He stilled the storm and walked on water. His death and resurrection were amazing. The bones of other religious founders are still in their graves. The tomb of Jesus is empty! The world had never recovered from the impact He made within a short period of thirty three and a half years.

 

Even sources outside the Bible confirm the above claims. Historians at the time, especially T.F. Josephus (37-100AD) documented the life and ministry of Jesus. In the 19th Century, a Roman record called “Archco Volume” was discovered in Constantinople. In it was found the report sent to Rome by Pilate who approved the crucifixion of Jesus, explaining why he approved the execution. Isn’t that amazing? Outside sources confirming the truth of the Bible.

 

Good things happen when you come to Jesus. He is the ONLY WAY in to God. He is the ONLY WAY out of your problems. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Accordingly, He changes your past, no matter how horrible; He enriches your present and secures your future. The power of Satan and his agents, witches, wizards etc is broken over you. He lavishes you with His blessings and meets all your needs. Above all, He takes you to heaven full of peace, joy and comfort.

 

Dear Reader, it is time for you to make a decision. Pilate, who approved the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, asked a question of eternal importance, “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22), This is the one inescapable question God will ask everyone when we get to the other side, “What did you do with THAT NAME, the name of Jesus?”. If you accept Him now, you will spend eternity in heaven in peace, comfort, joy that cannot be expressed. If you reject Him, you will spend eternity in gloom, doom, sorrow, and pain too horrible to describe.

 

If you want to invite Jesus into your life, please pray this prayer sincerely: “Dear Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God and that there is no other name that can save except your name. You died for my sins; you rose again to save me. Forgive my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Come into my life and be Lord for ever. Thank you Jesus for saving me”.

 

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