“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.” – Acts 4:12
We must be saved.
This cannot be overemphasised. Salvation implies that there is a great danger for those who are not saved. It also implies our inability to save ourselves. No one has the power to rescue themselves from the judgement that we all justly deserve from a holy God. We need to recognise this, and admit that we have disobeyed God, failed to honour Him, and that He is just to punish us. This means that we owe God a debt that we can never repay.
The good news is that we can be saved from this dangerous position. God in His great love for us has made it possible for us to be saved. God hasn’t prvovided many ways to be saved. He has provided one way, that magnifies the love of God, and helps us to see His infinite glory. This one way of salvation helps us to see the indescribable greatness of God.
How can we be saved?
“There is salvation in no one else.” Only Jesus has the power to save us from the dangerous position we got ourselves in by disobeying God. He is mighty to save. Through the blood that He shed on the cross, He made the payment that was necessary to settle our debt with a holy and righteous God. This mighty act of God displays the glory of God. If religion does not lead you to see the glory of God, then it is useless. Look to Christ, because there is no one else (and no other system) that can reveal the greatness of God in a way that satisfies your soul’s deepest needs.
We are either saved by Christ, or we are not saved at all.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” – John 3:16-18.
There is nothing more important for us than to be reconciled to God through the glorious work of His Son. It’s such an amazing manifestation of the love of God, that He was the One who took the initiative, entered into human history, and laid down His life for us. People try and to think that they can do just fine without Jesus. They may even try to be religious, try to be good citizens, but they will not realise their need for Jesus, because they want to be proud of themselves. It’s a beautiful thing to come to the point of surrender and realise we are not good enough, we need a Saviour, and the only One who can be our Saviour is the Son of God, who can identify with our humanity, and who being fully divine is able to reconcile us with God.
There is no other Saviour.