“Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
A MAN BECOMES AN IGNATIAN BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
“His eyes were as a flame of fire, […] And his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars. And from his mouth came out a sharp two edged sword: and his face was as the sun shineth in his power. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying: Fear not. I am the Alpha and the Omega, And alive, and was dead, and behold I am living forever and ever, and have the keys of death and of hell.” (Revelation 13-18).
THERE IS NO SALVATION OUTSIDE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
- “The Word of God, through whom all things were made, was made flesh, so that as perfect man he could save all men and sum up all things in himself. The Lord is the goal of human history, the focal point of the desires of history and civilization, the centre of mankind, the joy of all hearts, and the fulfilment of all aspirations. It is he whom the Father raised from the dead, exalted and placed at his right hand, constituting him judge of the living and the dead”. Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 45
- “It is precisely this uniqueness of Christ which gives him an absolute and universal significance whereby, while belonging to history, he remains history’s centre and goal: ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end’ (Rev 22:13)”. John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Redemptoris missio,
- The revelation of Christ will continue to be “the true lodestar” in history for all humanity.” (Dominus Iesus, 23)
- “The truth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Lord and only Saviour, who through the event of his incarnation, death and resurrection has brought the history of salvation to fulfilment, and which has in him its fullness and centre, must be firmly believed as a constant element of the Church’s faith. The New Testament attests to this fact with clarity: “The Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world” (1 Jn 4:14); “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). In his discourse before the Sanhedrin, Peter, in order to justify the healing of a man who was crippled from birth, which was done in the name of Jesus (cf. Acts 3:1-8), proclaims: “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). St. Paul adds, moreover, that Jesus Christ “is Lord of all”, “judge of the living and the dead”, and thus “whoever believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10: 36,42,43).” (Dominus Iesus, n. 13)