10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the Head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
1.) God effectually works salvation IN SPITE OF the opposition of men. As Peter was preaching to those gathered by God at the healing of the lame man (the people-v.1), the religious leaders were grieved over the message from Peter. What was the offense? V. 2- They were grieved (troubled, offended), first that they taught the people (because they were not associated with the religious leaders and their traditions, and second, they preached through Jesus, the resurrection from the dead. Here is an example of the kind of opposition that preaching the cross of Christ engenders by religious works mongers, who will not have the LORD Jesus receive all the glory in salvation.
Yet, all the while they were exercising their will in arresting Peter and John, God was working in, though, and by their opposition. First, in that the Seed was already sown and ‘many of them which heard the WORD (Christ) believed…about five thousand,’ v. 4. The Seed was already sown in the hearts of THE MANY, whom God had chosen from eternity (Acts 13:48) and for whom the LORD Jesus had already paid their debt, and God the Father justified, once for all by His own precious blood (Mark 10:45). What God has purposed, and the LORD Jesus accomplished, the Spirit of God does most certainly draw to Him savingly in faith. Second, in that the LORD was directing through their opposition for Peter and John to have an unusual opportunity to preach Christ before the Sanhedrin (ruling body of 70 leaders over the Jewish religion). Here is a reminder that all men, angels, devils, and circumstances are directed by the sovereign Hand of God (Acts 2:23)
2.) God effectually works salvation THROUGH the opposition of men. The very One whom they had crucified, is HE who ever lives to intercede on behalf of those for whom He gave His life. The sins of God’s elect nailed Him to the cross, and God the Father executed their judgment upon His Son that sinners, like the lame man, might be healed (spiritually) by His stripes (1 Peter 2:24). The Stone that they had set at naught, God had made to be the Chief Cornerstone. God from eternity purposed the salvation of sinners, which presupposed a fallen world, and throughout time and eternity is glorified in His providence in the saving of some, and the condemnation of others. ‘Neither is their salvation in any other…’ v. 12. No other God who saves, no other way of salvation than electing, redeeming, justifying, and enlivening grace!
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