“On Location with Luke”-30

Highlights in Acts-Chapter 10

 While Peter is thinking about the vision, the men sent from Cornelius arrive at Simon the tanner's home and inquire if Peter is residing in his house. While this is going on, the Holy Spirit informs Peter of their presence and directs Peter to go down and go with them. Can you imagine the neighbors watching? "Gentiles being received by Peter!? He's going somewhere with them? This is unthinkable!" Nevertheless, Peter went and entered Cornelius' home. Would he have done that, had there been no vision? It's highly doubtful. Peter took others with him and when they entered, Cornelius' family and close friends were present. Cornelius knelt to worship Peter but Peter stopped him and reminded him that he, Peter, was only a man. After a discussion of how this meeting came about, Peter launched into a sermon, which included his realization "….that God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him." (From Verses 34-35). Peter then went on to bear witness of Jesus and His resurrection and to preach the Gospel. The results:  "….the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the Word." (From Verse 44). Those of the circumcision, those that came with Peter, were astonished that this happened to the Gentiles. These new Christians spoke, supernaturally, in a language other than their own, a language likely to be the language of those with Peter. Peter proposed baptism which was done in the Name of Jesus.  These Gentiles urged Peter to remain there with them for awhile. Peter apparently agreed and likely gave them some training and teaching. Selah! Step by step, inexorably, God was acting to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth, preparing and using human instruments, and is still doing that very thing today! Are we usable instruments today? Is He preparing us?    Ron

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