“He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
– Acts 4:11-12 NASB
The New Testament book of Acts was written by Luke, a co-worker of the apostle Paul, and the author of the Gospel of Luke. Coming after the four Gospels, the book of Acts gives us the history of what the apostles – mainly Peter and Paul – did during the years following the resurrection of Christ and His ascension into heaven. In Acts 4:11-12, Luke is quoting Peter, who, in the all caps portion, is quoting Psalm 118:22 – a verse that was our daily focus about two weeks ago.
Peter is building on the idea that Jesus Christ (i.e. Jesus the Messiah) is the cornerstone of what God was building in those days. And what was God building? A whole new creation! The first creation had been spoiled by the sin of Adam and Eve. The cornerstone of this new creation would be forgiveness, rooted in the sacrificial death of God Himself on the cross.
In the second verse of this passage, Peter is making the point that whatever is not built upon this cornerstone that God has established won’t matter. What matters is that “Jesus Christ” is, as we read yesterday in Philippians 2:9-11, “the name which is above every name.” When it comes to divine things, there is no other place for us to focus our attention. Christ is, and will be, everything to us as far as God is concerned.
Peter also says that Jesus is the name “by which we must be saved.” What does he mean by this? To be saved is to be rescued, restored, redeemed, helped, delivered, made whole. Jesus is the beginning of fixing everything that is wrong with the world, just as sin (evil) was the beginning of making everything go wrong in the first place. By focusing on the Lord Jesus, you will find your life gradually redeemed from the effects of sin. The redemption doesn’t happen overnight; it happens day by day. And today is one of those days.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus Christ, I am calling on your name just as Peter and Paul said we should do. Let me see some more of Your goodness today…and let it have its effect on me…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.