Here, I. Peter and John are taken up, upon a warrant from the priests, and committed to jail, Acts 4:1-4. II. They are examined by a committee of the great Sanhedrin, Acts 4:5-7. III. They bravely avow what they have done, and preach Christ to their persecutors, Acts 4:8-12. IV. Their persecutors, being unable to answer them, enjoin them silence, threatening them if they go on to preach the gospel, and so dismiss them, Acts 4:13-22. V. They apply to God by prayer, for the further operations of that grace which they had already experienced, Acts 4:23-30. VI. God owns them, both outwardly and inwardly, by manifest tokens of his presence with them, Acts 4:31-33. VII. The believers had their hearts knit together in holy love and enlarged their charity to the poor, and the church flourished more than ever, to the glory of Christ, Acts 4:33-37. – Matthew Henry
Christianity is the largest religious group in the world, and in 2020 there were about 2.6 billion adherents globally. What defines a “Christain” [or how one becomes one] these days man be within some of those denominations up for question, but the bible as our main text proclaims is very clear.
Salvation is through faith alone in Christ alone. Christianity is dogmatic, it is a narrow way, for God’s chosen, His elect only and here in Acts Luke is relating Peter saying …there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation].” (AMP)
In the end, I do not care if you are part of any of these or their various offshoots:
- Eastern Orthodoxy
- Oriental Orthodoxy
- Non-trinitarian Restorationism
- Eastern Protestant Christianity
- Church of the East
Without the saving power of Christ and Christ alone, you are not a Christian!
I thank You, Father, for Jesus my Saviour. Thank You for Your gift of salvation that has been given to me through Christ alone. Thank You that salvation is so simple, that even a little child can understand it. Give me the strength and wisdom to speak out daily sharing the Good News. I pray Lord for your Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of my friends, family, and those who read this that know you not, that they too may rest eternally in Christ. In Jesus’ name, I pray, AMEN.
Modified from source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Acts/4/12