Well after a few weeks of intense discussion and debate, it could be time to reflect on one thing all believers can agree on; that is, that without Jesus none of us has any hope, in this life or the next.
The testimony of Luke tells of the lame man who was healed under the ministry of Peter and John, after which they were asked by the chief rulers of Jerusalem by what power the man had been healed.
By what power is any of us saved, or forgiven, or cured, or redeemed, or delivered?
By what power can any of us claim to be Christians?
The response could only direct us to Jesus, because in the end, we can do nothing of ourselves, only what we see in the Son, in the name of the Father.
So even our good deeds in God, if and when we show them, are from Him and through Him, and not of us.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
We might not agree on all doctrine, and none of us is right about all things, which is why we occasionally have disputes over issue which are important to us, and we all feel we are standing for Jesus, but eventually we have to come back to what Jesus has done for us, and to the grace of God, because there is no other name under heaven by which any of us can be saved, and no other means to total forgiveness, wholeness and healing but through God.
And unless we genuinely love one another as brothers and sisters in God’s family, we are none of His, which means we all have to come back to our communion in Him, ask forgiveness for offending, forgive all offence against us, and end all strife.
Not always easy, but that is where the healing is, and there is only one name under heaven… Jesus.
I only hope we all find and remain on the one narrow path which leads to everlasting life with Him.
All else is vanity.
Posted by Steve