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Acts Series #7

Back to the Beginning:

When Church was Church

No Other Name

Acts 4:12

"I can Do what I want to do"

"You aren't the boss of me"

"The Devil made me do it"

"I didn't want to cheat but my coach told me to"

"I didn't want to lie on my reports, on the phone call, to the inspector, but my boss told me to"

"It's NOT illegal so that means I can do it"

"It's illegal to speak the truth, so …"

"Don't blame me, I'm not in charge"

The Sadducees asked Peter and John "By what power, or what name did you do this?"

How did you do this and

Who told you that you could do this

Let me ask YOU a question today … By what name, authority, power, do you live and move and have your being?

"I'm a self-made man"

"I'm my own woman"

"I'm making my own way in the world"

Really?  Well … good luck with that

Proverbs 16 has some things to say about our "authority"

V1 - to man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue

V3 - Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed

V9 - in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps

Pro 19:21 - Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails

In him we Live and move and have our being

1. Authority - exousia

authority - exousia - ex-o-see-ah - means  power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases, the power of authority of influence, and of right in privilege, power of rule or government - the power of the one whose will and commands must be submitted to by others


Authority in Teaching - old traditions and false Doctrine goes out the window when Jesus comes to reign because he has authority that surpasses man's traditions

Mark 1:22 the people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law



Authority over Demons -

Mark 1:27 the people were so amazed that they asked each other "what is this?   New teaching - and with authority!  He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him"


Eph 1:21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also n the one to come


1 Peter 3:22 - (Jesus) who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand - with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him



  A. In Prayer -

    1. John 14:14 - I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  14 You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it

    2. John 15:7 -  if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you

    3. 1 Jo 5:15 - if we know he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him

    4. John 16:23 … I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name

  B. Over satan's attack -

    1. Eph 6:12-17 - our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood but against rulers … authorities … powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

    2. Put on the whole armor

    3. What Protects us in the armor - JESUS CHRIST is in EVERY piece of Armor - that protects, empowers, and gives us authority over the evil one -

    4. Breastplate of Righteousness - Jesus is OUR Righteousness - Romans 3:22 - the righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe …

2 Cor 5:21 (in Christ) we become the righteousness of God

    5. Belt of Truth - Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life …

    6. Feet - Gospel -  Rom 1:18  not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ … it is the power of God

    7. Shield of Faith - Faith in what?  - The Cross of Christ - When I believe that Christ WON at the Cross, that he defeated every foe, that he forgave every sin and defeated every temptation, that because of the Cross, no weapon formed against me has to prosper, THEN the fiery darts are extinquished

    8. The Helmet of Salvation - salvation in who? From whom, by whom?  JESUS CHRIST

    9. Sword of the Spirit - The Word of God - who IS the Word of God - Jesus Christ - John 1:1 - The Word was with God, the Word was God … 14 the Word became flesh and dwelt among us

  C. over Sin

    1. Romans 8:10 If Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you

    2. Romans 8:37 in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

    3. Romans 7:24,25 What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!

There IS NO Other Name that has Authority - exousia - which is available

- in prayer

- Over Satan

- Over Sin

There is also NO Other Name of Rights and Authority but also

2. Healing and Power

that's the Greek word dynamos - that is the inherent power available by no other name but JESUS

I won't spend a lot of time here, but … There is NO other name that can do what Jesus did for this man, but it is NOT about making a lame man walk it was about his ability to make a broken man WHOLE

This man needed health and there is no other name that could do for him what had been done

He had been at the gates of the Temple for decades but Religion couldn't do it for him

There were plenty of influential and famous names of the day that went by this man every day

Annas - everyone knew him, he was high priest from AD 6 - 15 and the Patriarch of this priestly famous family

Caiaphas - high priest since AD 18 and known for getting rid of that radical Jesus of Nazareth

His famous family including John and Alexander

But those famous names couldn't bring health and wholeness to this man.

Just because everyone knows the name doesn't mean the name has power

But the name of Jesus has dynamos - power that is the power that healed this man

It's NOT about What Jesus did for him, it is about his ABILITY to do all things

In Mark 5 there was a woman who had dealt with a disease in her body for 15 years

She had been to many names

She had spent all she had the scripture tells us but only got worse

But she came to Jesus …

She worked her way through the crowd, and threw herself at the feet of Jesus touching the HEM of his garment and she was healed, she was made whole and Jesus said "who touched my clothes?" Because he had realized that Power had gone out of him.

Jesus doesn't just have a fancy title and fearful authority.

He has the real power to go with it.

Adolf Hitler had authority and power of numbers who blindly followed him, but when his followers were gone, he took his own life in fear because he had no REAL power

Saddam Hussein had power to rule a nation in fear and cruelty, but when someone finally stepped up and took away his power i.e. his guards, his money, his safety, he ran, and he hid in a hole and when they found him he said "I'm Saddam Hussein and I want to negotiate the terms of my surrender"

Those men and countless other men who had authority but limited power lost their position and their power when their followers left.

But Jesus Christ has not only Authority, Rights, and Privilege, but he has the POWER, of Life and the Power of Death and his power is NOT conditional on his followers or anything else, his power is inherent in his nature and being

There is NO other name that has the power that Jesus has, power over life, power over death, and power in the future

Luke 21:27 - says at that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory

We are Vehicles for God's Power in the Name of Jesus be shown to the World

2 Cor 4:7,8 God said "let light shine out of darkness" made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ 12 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us

It goes on to say we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perpleed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed  - why?  Because of The Name, Jesus Christ

The Name who is King of kings and Lord of lords

The Name who is above every name

The Name to whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord

There is No other name that has Authority -

There is No other name of Healing and Power

There is No other name that holds Life and Hope

3. Life and Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 - I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

Why?  - because he has the Authority, Right, Power, to do so

There is No Other name that holds Life

Other Religions claim to hold the secret to life

Other Names profess to know the way to find life

Infomercials are full of people who say they can tell you the way to find the life you are looking for

But there is no other name that boldly, without apology, proclaimed that he IS LIFE.

It's the Greek word zoe - which is by definition - the absolute fullness of life

There is no other name that said

I Am the Life - ZOE - is life essential and ethical - it is in the person of Jesus Christ and it is what you seek

Jesus said, I am the Bread of Life - if you want Life, CONSUME him

There is NO Substitute

You can't get a generic Jesus and still have LIFE

You might exist for a time but you won't have life if you don't have Jesus

Peter - Said that There is NO OTHER NAME

Name - onoma (on-om-ah)

It refers the proper name, the person himself, the reputation of the person, and the category the person falls into

Peter was saying there is No Other NAME like Jesus - Just the Mention of His NAME

There is no name that has been so attacked by critics and slanders than the Name of Jesus

Yet There is no name so cried out to by men in fox holes, women in dire straits, children hurt and scared, than the name of Jesus

There is no other name about which more songs have been authored or books and poems have been written than the name Jesus

There is no other person like Jesus, no other name like Jesus, no other with the Reputation of Jesus, there is no other in the same category as Jesus

But Peter said there is no other name as Beautiful as Jesus

But there is no other name with the IMPERITIVE of Jesus


He said by which we MUST be saved - That word must means IT IS NECESSARY - not only necessary but it means necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct or necessity established by the counsel and decree of God

It is NOT a choice which you can freely choose, it is a choice of life or death blessing and destruction

Our circumstance is that we are dead in our trespasses and sin

John 3:18 - whoever believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

There is no other name that requires action on our part but the name of Jesus

When you stand before God one day he will not want to know who you've known here.

But God will want to know, "What have you done with Jesus Christ"

"What have you done with my Son"

John 20:31 - these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name

But did you notice about this name it says that there is no other name GIVEN


  B. Given

    1. We don't earn the right to the name of Jesus

    2. But God has given it and made it available to whosoever will call upon it

    3. John 3:16 HE GAVE

    4. Ro 10:13 - Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Because of Man's sinfulness and the Holiness of God, the very name of God and it's pronunciation was lost over the centuries.  The wouldn't even write it completely because they didn't want to take his name in vain so they would just right the letters YHWH - we have taken the vowels from ADONAI meaning Lord and inserted them in to make it Yahweh but we don't know for sure even the NAME of God

In our sin we lost the name of God BUT in Redemption we have been GIVEN a Name - JESUS, there is no other name

We don't have to wonder HOW to pronounce the name of God because we have been given none other name than JESUS

Because of our sinfulness we had even forgotten who God was or couldn't even know

But we have been given a Name - who said "if you have seen me, you have seen the Father" i.e. if you KNOW me, you will know the Father.  If you experience me, you will experience the Father

We wonder what God must be like BUT we have been given Jesus, there is no other name

No other Gift like the name of Jesus

Oh but let me say one more thing about the Life and Hope that is found in No other Name but Jesus

Peter said Salvation is Found in no other name

  C. Salvation

What a wonderful word, such a word of HOPE but it doesn't just mean to be rescued or delivered

    1. Peter knew his audience and speaking to these Leaders of Israel and he used the word SOTERIA (so-tay-ree-ah)

    2. this word means deliverance from molestation of enemies but it also means Messianic Salvation - that which concludes to the souls safety

    3. These men had spent their whole life praying for, looking for, longing for the Messiah to come and bring salvation

    4. Peter was SAYING The Messiah you are looking for is JESUS - What you long for is found in NO OTHER NAME but JESUS

    5. The hope that you profess that God will provide will be found in NO other name but Jesus

    6. In the death of Christ, that you facilitated, Jesus became YOUR salvation

    7. What are you looking for?  There is No other name

    8. What do you long to achieve?  There is NO Other name

    9. Looking for Hope? - There is no other name

    10.  Looking for Peace?  There is no other name

    11. Looking for Direction for the future?  There is no other name

    12. Seeking Success?  There is No Other NAME

    13. Looking for happiness?  There is no other name

John 1:12 - to as many as received him, to those who believed on his name, he gave the right to become children of God -

There is NO other name

I ran across the words to an old hymn that go this way

I know a soul

that is steeped in sin

That no man's art can cure

But I know a Name,

a Name, a Name

That can make that soul all pure

I know a life that is

Lost to God

Bound down by the things of earth

But I know a Name

A Name, a Name

That can give that soul new Birth

I know of lands that are

Sunk in shame

Of hearts that faint and tire

But I know a Name

A Name, a Name

That can set those lands on fire

There's Just Something About that Name

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

There's just something about that Name

Master, Savior, Jesus

Like the fragrance after the rain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

Let all heaven and earth proclaim

Kings and kingdoms may all pass away

But there's something about that name

There is NO Other Name


Alpha and Omega

The Amen

Beloved Bridegroom

Bright and Morning Star

Captain of Salvation



There is No Other Name




Desire of nations


Emancipator of Sin's Slave

Eternal Life

Faithful and True


Friend of Sinners

There is No Other Name

Glory of Isreal

God with Us

Giver of Life

Heir of All things

High Priest

Holy One

Image of God

I AM that I AM


There is No Other Name


Judge and


King of Israel

King of Glory

King of kings

Lord of Lords

Lamb of Glory

Life and Light

Lion of the Tribe of Juday

Lord strong and Mighty

There is No Other Name



Mighty God

Nativity's child

Name above all names

Nature's Creator

Only Begotten of God

Only wise God



Prince of Peace

great Physician

Power of God

Perfect in Purpose

There is No Other Name

Quest Completer

Quintessential Truth

Qualified for the Throne

Resurrection and life


Rock of Salvation





Son of God

Son of Man

Sure foundation


True vine



Tried and True

There is No Other Name

Unspeakable Gift


Unbelievable in Mercy and Grace



Vessel of grace


The Way

Word of God


Which is, Which was, Which is to come

X-intercept where time meets Eternity

There is No Other Name


Your only hope for life and peace

Zion's Champion

Zealous for your Soul

Zenith of All History

There is No Other Name

There is No Other Name

There is No Other Name

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