Only Jesus Can Save

I’ve got Andraé Crouch singing “Jesus Is The Answer” in my head.

Chorus:
Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way. 3x
Verse Two:
I know you’ve got mountains,
That you think you cannot climb,
I know your skies are dark,
You think the sun won’t shine,
But in case you don’t know,
That the word of God is true,
Everything he’s promised,
He will do it for you.

We find the scripture for Andrea’s song in the book of Acts.

Acts 3:6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV) Then said Peter, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, that give I thee: In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.

Acts 4:12 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)  “…Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other {f} name {g}under heaven {h} given among men, whereby we must be saved.

(f) There is no other man, or no other power and authority at all; and this kind of speech was common among the Jews, and arose from this, that when we are in danger we call upon those at whose hands we look for help.

(g) Anywhere: and this shows us the largeness of Christ’s kingdom.

(h) Of God.

 

Today, I’ve chosen to use the 1599 Geneva Bible as the translation for our Scripture text. This translation has a fascinating history. The Geneva Bible was produced by John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, and other English refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. They fled to Geneva to avoid the persecution of Roman Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary in England. Mary would not tolerate the Protestant Geneva Bible.

Per Wikipedia, “The very first Bible printed in Scotland was a Geneva Bible, which was first issued in 1579. In fact, the involvement of Knox and Calvin in the creation of the Geneva Bible made it especially appealing in Scotland, where a law was passed in 1579 requiring every household of sufficient means to buy a copy.” And, it was the Bible of the Puritans and Pilgrims since the King James Bible was a translation from the Anglican Church, and therefore not a Protestant translation.

As an aside, the Geneva Bible was used and quoted by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress.

So, please remember, only Jesus can save.

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