[Peter, addressing the council, continued,] "For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
'The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.'
"There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved."
— Acts 4:11-12 NLT
Peter quoted from the Psalms as he answered the religious powerbrokers about the power he had invoked to heal the man at the gate of the Temple. While he quoted only one verse, those religious scholars would have known the context and the message that surrounded the verse and should have heard Peter’s poignant and urgent message to them about the gate and salvation:
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the LORD's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
(Psalm 118:19-24 ESV)
Even though Peter spoke to those who intended to harm him, he was extending the offer of salvation. YAHWEH, the LORD, the covenant God of Israel, had done all that is in this psalm through Jesus. The religious leaders Peter was addressing could turn and accept Jesus as the cornerstone and be saved. It could be a day of rejoicing and not an accusation. For rejoicing to reign, people must turn to Jesus and recognize what he has done as being marvelous in their eyes because he is the only name, the only person, who is the foundation of grace and by whom we are saved!
O LORD God, Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, you are my Abba Father. I love you. I see your love for me poured out in what Jesus did for me and for all others because we all need salvation. Thank you for sending him — thank you for YOU coming in human flesh in Jesus to show us this love. Your work, your plan, your salvation, and most of all, a Savior sent for me, are marvelous. Thank you for such a great salvation. In Jesus' name, I offer my thanks and my heart. Amen.