Standing For Christ Alone
Earlier, in Acts 2:47, we saw that the believers had found favour with all the people. In the history of the church, the church has sometimes been appreciated by the world. Even today, believers are okay until we speak of the exclusivity of Jesus. Then we will be accused of bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
In this passage we see the apostles taking a stand for Jesus in that deadly court room, declaring that 'Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.'
A MIXED RESULT: It doesn't matter whether you have a mob that persecutes you as long as the message goes across to the people. We never know how it can affect them. There are always mixed results when we preach the gospel. We should always be aware and accepting of that fact.
A DEADLY OPPORTUNITY: To share the gospel can be deadly for some. In the first 300 years of Christianity, there were around 10 ways to persecute Christians. Under times of persecution, two things happen - CHRISTIANS SUFFER and THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED. The moments of great suffering are filled with great grace. It is encouraging to see that the infilling of the Holy Spirit empowers us to share the gospel—to be able to perform during difficult times!
AN EXCLUSIVE SAVIOUR: Tolerance is good. The Bible tells us to be tolerant and kind. What tolerance DOES mean for Christians? We should be legally and socially tolerant, respecting people's rights. What tolerance DOES NOT mean for Christians? It does not mean that we affirm or accept all intellectual perspectives, that all beliefs are equally true! There is only one Way, Truth and Life! And telling people that is not hatred but actually the most loving thing to do.