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(WHAT'S IN A NAME) SCRIPTURE - ACTS 4:12                                             FEBRUARY, 1996



Jesus. Mohammed. Buddha. Hare Krishna. Sun Yung Moon. Allah. Jehovah. Yin. What do all of these names have in common? They are all names, that are affiliated with different religions. And each one, is supposed to be a name that is given to God. It is a known fact, that there are millions of people, that are in one of these, or other religions, that are known to man. And there is this belief, this mistaken belief, that God, accepts the sincerity of all these different religions, that man, might choose to involve himself in. "All religions lead to God", we are told. Well, do they??? Let's look at a few examples, of that way of thinking.

In [ST. JOHN 14:6] Jesus speaking, says, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME." Jesus is saying, that the only way, that anyone can get to God, is by Him, and Him alone. That means, that only by His direction, can you get to God. In [ST. JOHN 10:1,7], we see that Jesus is saying that He is the door to the sheepfold, or in another way of putting it, He is the door to God, and the only way you can get to God, is by coming in the door. If any one chooses to come in any other way, he is a thief and a robber. It's just like someone coming to your house to visit you. They will come to the door and knock, or ring the bell. What if they just decided to climb in a window or some other opening? They may get shot. Why? Because that is what thieves and robbers do. Right?

Well, when it comes to the things of God, it is no different. God has set the parameters, by which ALL of mankind, must remain within. And the first one, is that you must be 'BORN AGAIN.' That means accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of your life. Jesus, must be the center point of your life. You must make His will, your will. That is what 'Lord' means. Whatever He says for you to do, you do it. And the first commandment He gives us, is to 'LOVE GOD, WITH ALL OUR HEART, MIND, SOUL AND STRENGTH. THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT.' [MATT. 22:37-38, MK. 12:30, AND LK 10:27]. Now if you are going to do this, then, if you read in [EX. 20:3-6], you will see that God is saying what you shall not do. Because doing these things, means that you don't love Him, and you will pay the price for hating Him. If you love someone, you will not do anything to hurt them. If you love someone, you will not do anything to make them angry. This is why 'Love', is the greatest commandment. Love God. Love your neighbor. [MK. 12:31].

Well, some of you will say you believe in God (EVEN THE DEVIL BELIEVES AND TREMBLES [JAMES 2:19]), but you call Him, Allah, or Jehovah, or some other name. You try to make it seem that the name is irrelevant. Well, if you will read [ACTS 4:12], you will see that THERE IS ONLY ONE NAME, that can be used, to receive salvation, and that name is Jesus. It is the name of Jesus that brings salvation. It is the name of Jesus that brings deliverance. It is the name of Jesus that brings our healing. It is the name of Jesus that opens up the eyes of the blind. It is the name of Jesus that causes the lame to walk. It is the name of Jesus that raises the dead. Every blessing, that God has in store for us, comes to us, by the name of Jesus.

Picture yourself, trying to get in to see the only person in the entire world, that can save your life. And picture that the only way you can get in to see him, is if his son, vouches for you. And the only way he will vouch for you, is that he has to get to know you personally. That means that every little thing you say and do, will reveal whether or not you are willing to prove yourself worthy of his vouching for you. And, whatever he tells you to do, you do it. And when the son, sees that you are worthy, he calls his father, and tells him, he stands for you.

Well, that is what Jesus does. He stands between you and the Father (God). It makes no difference what you call the Father, His name is irrelevant. Call Him Jehovah. Call Him Allah. Call Him Lord. It is not the name of the Father, that is important, it is the name of His Son, Jesus, that is. It is Jesus, and Him only. The bible says, 'FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM, SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.' [ST. JOHN 3:16]

You have to believe, Jesus, is who He says He is. And if you believe that, then you will do what He says for you to do. You can't have Jesus, and Mohammed. You can't have Jesus and Mary. You can't have Jesus, and one of the saints. Whatever you are seeking from the Father, must be asked for, in Jesus' name. [ST. JOHN 14:13, 15:16]. All other prayers to God, are essentially a waste of time, and your breath. Even praying the Lord's prayer, as it appears in the bible, will do you no good. Why? Because you are addressing the Father, without giving recognition to the Son.

Jesus, is the 'missing link', if you will, that ties man, and God together. The bible tells us, 'THERE IS ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS.' [1 TIM. 2:5] There are not 100, there are not 50, there are not 10, there not 5, or even 2. THERE IS ONLY 1 !! Sorry to burst your bubbles people. But, that is the way it is. I didn't make the rules, God did.

The name of Jesus, is a bridge over troubled waters, in your life. The name of Jesus, is your deliverance, when you go through the fiery trials of this life. [PHIL. 2:10] says, 'THAT AT THE NAME OF JESUS, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, OF THINGS IN HEAVEN, AND THINGS IN EARTH, AND THINGS UNDER THE EARTH.' Every knee ! If it is alive, and has knees, it will bow before Him. Even the spiritual beings will bow their knee to Him. Angels and demons alike. [EPH. 1:19 - END] tells us that His name is above every name that there is in this world, and the one to come. Well, what is the significance of this ?? It means that the name Jesus, has power over everything that has a name. In other words, at the name of Jesus, anything that has a name, will have to obey. Cancer, is a name. AIDS is a name. Heart disease, is a name. High blood pressure, is a name. Sugar diabetes, is a name. Death, is a name. All of these things, that are not alive, are subject to the name of Jesus. Anyone, that is a child of God, can speak to any one of these or other things that have a name, and command them to do something, 'IN JESUS' NAME,' and they have to obey. Jesus said, 'ALL POWER, IS GIVEN UNTO ME ...' [MATT. 28:18]. He in turn has given that power, to those that are saved. [LK. 10:19 -20, MK. 16:17-END]. Do you know any religion, that can beat this?? I don't think so.

What religion are you in? If it is not founded on Jesus Christ, then your religion is in vain. You must be born again. That means getting saved. Why don't you get saved today?? As far as where you have to go, to get saved, you can do it right now, right where you are. All you have to do is say, "JESUS, I AM A SINNER, AND I AM SORRY FOR MY SINFUL WAYS. WILL YOU COME INTO MY HEART, AND CLEANSE ME FROM ALL MY SIN, AND BE LORD OF MY LIFE. I ACCEPT YOU AS LORD AND SAVIOR, AND WITH YOUR HELP, I WILL LIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU. I BELIEVE THAT YOU DIED ON THE CROSS FOR MY SINS, AND WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, FOR MY JUSTIFICATION." If you prayed that prayer, from the heart, meaning every word, congratulations, you are now saved.

The next thing you need to do, is start learning about what God wants you to begin doing. Among these things, is get water baptized, in the name of Jesus as a symbolic act of the remission of your sins. Also, seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which will be the evidence of God's power, being given to you, as recorded in the book of Acts, chapter 2. You may not feel any different, but believe me, no, believe God, YOU ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST. OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY, AND BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE NEW (2 COR. 5:17)