Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
NO OTHER NAME BUT JESUS
Mar 21, 1965 am
THIS PASSAGE GIVES THE BASIS OF OUR FREE SPEECH TODAY* BUT WE MISSED THE POINT
- In Berkeley the savages are demanding freedom for filthiness, while we neglect our freedom to preach Christ
- Christ was presented to the street crowd, the temple crowd, now Sanhedrin.
- Here is the first persecution of Christians, and how they handled it- study it well, for we are facing a deliberate plan of persecution today- how will we handle it?
THE NAME OF JESUS IS PROCLAIMED AS THE NAME OF HEALING (Acts 4:1-11)
THE IMPRISONMENT FOR TEACHING THE PEOPLE AND PREACHING RESURRECTION*
- There had been a miracle- and a message calling for repentance- 3:1-26 - from 3-6PM
- Those angry- priests- supposed to teach: captain, supervisor to guard: Sadducees- did not believe resurrection
- The disciples were put in prison for judgment the next day-3, but many believed - 4
THE TRAIL BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN- 71 PERSONS: ELDERS- LEADERS, SCRIBES- LAWYERS, PRIESTS- SADDUCEES
- Annas- had tried Jesus- a judge that maintained his power with cruel dictatorship-
- Caiaphas- (Cf John 11:49-50) already had suggested death to those who were different.
- No mention of Nicodemus, Josephus, Gamaliel (Paul's teacher)- must have been absent.
THE DECLARATION OF THE HEALING POWER OF JESUS
- The officers asked by what power or what name- the first question- by what authority.
- Peter declares to all- before in the street, the temple, now to official leaders of Israel.
- The healing was done in the name of Jesus- the Messiah- from Nazareth-whom he crucified- whom God raised from the dead- every question brings out the gospel.
THE NAME OF JESUS IS PROCLAIMED AS THE NAME OF SALVATION (ACTS 4:12-14)
THE STONE SET AT NAUGHT IS BECOME THE CORNERSTONE***
- The leaders here assembled were the "builders" of the faith of Israel-
- They had overlooked the stone- (Ps 118:22) a biblical prophecy they should recognize
- A biblical illustration of a biblical illustration- (Exod 17:6) the stone that gave water of life
SALVATION IS NOT AVAILABLE IN ANY OTHER NAME
- For many- this meant physical, temporal, corporeal, healing, food, help in physical things.
- But for others- the more important- the healing of the soul of man- sin sick and sad.
- Many ways to heaven- NO- if you think any other name- Buddha, Mohammed, etc.- you are not Christian- none of these arose from the dead.
THE ONLY NAME WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.
- Not just if you wish to- this is the command of God, to disobey is treason!
- The Sanhedrin marveled at the boldness of men not in their union-V 13.
- But they couldn't deny the healed man- the proof of the testimony of Peter V 14
THE NAME OF JESUS IS FORBIDDEN--- NOT TO BE SPOKEN OF AGAIN.
THE ACTION OF THE SANHEDRIN
- The executive session- could not deny the miracle, yet refused to admit it publicly.
- Their decision- to stop the spread of the story of Jesus- covered their own ignorance by forcing the world to be ignorant
- The command was given- not to heal, teach name of Jesus
THE ACTION OF THE APOSTLES
- I wish the Civil Rights bums could read this- answer- courteous, a leading question- 19
- Frank, respectful, yet plain- we cannot but speak-illustration Jeremiah 20:9 in trouble.
- They obeyed God, but did not use it as an excuse for anarchy!
THE PRAYER OF THE APOSTLES Acts 4:23-31
- They recognize the opposition of the wicked world and its leaders- and praised God.
- They prayed for boldness- 29- to speak the word- as they ought, not as they wanted.
- God gave them power, and boldness- and we need a touch of this today.
WE NEED BOLDNESS TO SPEAK PLAINLY OF THE WORDS OF JESUS AND HIS SALVATION!
- If you aren't man enough to claim Christ here you won't be able to in the world.
- If you aren't sure enough to claim only Him- don't expect Him to share you with the gods of the world.
- If you let the small persecution of today stop you, what will you do later?