Acts 10. Forum Discussion

Chapter 10 begins with Cornelius being visited by an angel of God. The angel asked Cornelius to send some men to Joppa and ask for Simon Peter.

Cornelius is described by Luke as, “A devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.” Cornelius did as the angel instructed him to do.

As Cornelius’ people were traveling to find Peter, an angel of the Lord appeared to Peter. Luke writes beginning in verse 11, “And he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.”

The angel of the Lord that appeared to Peter was not actually talking about food. The angel was talking about Jews and Gentiles. The angel wanted to make sure Peter understood that the Gospel can and should be preached to all people, not just the Jews.

Peter, Cornelius’ people, and some brethren from Joppa returned to see Cornelius. When Peter arrived, “Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him.  But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.” – Acts 10:25-26 

Peter and Cornelius share with one another their visits from the angels. Peter begins speaking to everyone when something truly amazing happens. Beginning in verse 44, Luke writes, “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.”

At some point in time, you’ve probably heard somebody say, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” Here in Chapter 10 we see:

  • God sending an angel to Cornelius to visit Peter.
  • God sending an angel to Peter to make sure he knows that his efforts to spread the Gospel should be directed to Jews and Gentiles.
  • Cornelius and Peter meet up face to face.
  • Peter delivers his message.
  • The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.
  • All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.
  • Then Peter answered, Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”
  • Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • They asked Peter to stay on for a few days.

Just as God brought Peter and Cornelius together, He can bring us together with people that He wants us to connect with. Sometimes He brings people to us, and sometimes He brings us to people. What’s important is to be receptive to God’s will and, “Go along for the journey”, wherever He may lead you.

Have you ever met somebody that impacted your life to such an extent that you wondered if they were an angel sent from God?

Maybe they were.

Comments

Whether it's Jews & gentiles, blacks & whites, etc., people have always found a reason to divide themselves. The Bible tells us to unite, edify and show compassion to one another, not judgement. The world would be a better place if more people would try to do that. I suppose it will be like that in heaven, for those that are saved. That would be awesome!

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