By Ron Bartanen
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The name referred to by which we are saved is “the name of Jesus Christ” (4:20z0. His is “the name which is above every name…the name before which every knee shall bow” (Philippians 2:8-10. The name signifies one’s power and authority. Jesus commissioned His apostles to preach “repentance and remission of sins…in His name…” (Luke 24:47). The power to become sons of God is given “to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12). The convicted multitude at Pentecost were commanded to “Repent and be baptized… in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Christians are admonished, “Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17).
Faith, repentance, baptism and Christian worship and service are all in the name of Jesus Christ, not in the name of religious leaders or churches. Why, then, do some wear human names in religion? To paraphrase Paul, who opposed the wearing of his name: “Is Christ divided? Was (your denomination or preacher) crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of (your denomination or preacher)?” (1 Corinthians 1:13). Human, denominational names give honor to others than to Christ, and divide those who claim faith in Christ. We urge all to honor Christ alone in faith and obedience.