Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 10 – Cornelius and Peter

on July 4, 2012

Cornelius–a Gentile–was described as a devout man who feared the Lord, gave generously and prayed continually.  His desire to please the Lord resulted in a supernatural manifestation of God to Peter to get the full gospel truth to Cornelius and his family.

God gave Peter the same vision and description three times.  Apparently it takes Peter three times to do a lot of things–three denials (John 18:15-27), three questions and commissions (John 21:15-19).  Peter pondered the visions and the Spirit gave him direction.  Makes me think, if we really want to know what the Lord is trying to tell us, we ought to take the time to really think about it, ask and listen.  The Spirit commanded Peter to rise and go with Cornelius’ men “without hesitation.”  How do I respond when God asks me to do something uncommon or when He asks me to go out of my way to help others?

When Peter arrived and the pleasantries had occurred, Peter “opened his mouth” and shared the good news of Jesus.  Again, the effectiveness of the gospel is partnered with words!  People have to hear it!

What is the gospel–good news? Acts 10:43 says it all, “To him (Jesus) all the prophets bear witness that EVERYONE who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name!”

The results of Peter’s message was that the Holy Spirit came “even on the Gentiles.”   The believers should not have been surprised.  Peter himself, quoting Joel the Old Testament prophet, said that God would pour out His Spirit on ALL PEOPLE in Acts 2.

All of these miracles and changes culminated in God being exalted!


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