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No Other Name

Almost everyone has heard this verse during a message about the salvation of our souls. There is no other name but the name of Jesus by which we may be saved from the coming wrath of God. This verse has a dual meanings pertaining to salvation. However, in context this verse was a concluding argument Peter used in his defense before the Sanhedrin for using the mane of Jesus to heal a crippled man in chapter 3.

The beggar who was crippled from birth made eye contact with Peter and John expecting to receive something from them as Peter and John went to the temple to pray. But Peter and John had nothing in his possession to give except compassion through the name of Jesus.    

   Peter and John had something besides the ability to use the name of Jesus and that was the knowledge that Jesus honored his promises. On the night before he suffered on the cross of Calvary Jesus promised to respond to their prayers in this manner.

Peter and John used their faith they had developed over the three and half years they were disciples. They were present on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured before their eyes.

I have had to ask myself if I am listening to Christ Jesus. John brings out the point that Christians donít really expect God to do more than all we ask or imagine. Have you asked yourself if God is in you why isnít God healing people in the same manner as men and women were healed when Jesus ministered?  The answer lies in the power you allow God to work through your belief in the name of Jesus (Ephesians 3:20.) At the same time we donít see fellow believers in todayís church laying their hand on one another praying that God would heal them miraculously.

The reason in part is that we donít expect God to heal miraculously in todayís church especially when medical miracles are convenient and readily available to us. We havenít seen miracles of any kind mainly because we havenít experienced or seen them yet they happen all the time in mission fields. The difference lies in the faith we have in the name of Jesus. We do not understand in mission fields doctors are not readily available which motivates men and women to rely on the name of Jesus.

Another reason is we are not practicing healing with the expectation of seeing Jesus heal during or immediately after our prayers. On the other hand people rely on doctors because of the assurance that the majority is healed over time. The truth may be that we are not fully persuaded that God has the power to do what he had promised (Romans 4:21).

Jesus said anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. Those words leave the impression that we do not need the gift of healing to pray for one another expecting to see God respond to our prayer. Jesus promised that you may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14) because he wanted to bring glory to the father. Are we really trusting Jesus to do what he promised?

I canít say there is an exact method to healing other than trust on the name of Jesus.  This is what Peter said to the high priest.

The works of God is to believe in him whom God sent for the salvation of mankind.

This salvation speaks of a rescue in the physical and spiritual areas of our life.  This liberation is from the sin nature and the wickedness God hates. It also speaks of our physical health in regards to the healing of our body. The word saved speaks of a deliverance from and of being made whole. In both physical and spiritual areas of our health these word speak a healing process and deliverance from harm.

    The anticipation of answered prayers seems to be lacking among fellow Christians. I have known people who thank me for praying for them instead of thanking God for healing them. God wants us to look forward to the event we are hoping for, that is the answer we expect from our heavenly father.

There is no other name by which we can be delivered from bodily illnesses, the desires of the flesh and from demonic powers.  Jesus has the power to deliver us from every danger we face on earth. Still using our faith in Jesus determines the safety of our physical and spiritual life with the benefits that are available to us. The question we need to answer is, are we using the name of Jesus to gain victory in our life?   September 30, 2013

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