It is more likely at the moment they surrender to God and embrace with trust Jesus in the sincerity of their hearts. iv. He is trying to understand the Lord's message to him. God didn’t use him because he was perfect, but because he was in the right direction and he was available. Also, as Cornelius related the incident to Peter in Acts 10:30, he specifically said he was praying (at the ninth hour I prayed in my house). Peter, as a Jew, would not associate with Gentiles (see note on John 4:9). He doesn’t see nationality or ethnic group; He only sees the heart. [Christ is God in human form.]. Peter answers: "I have never eaten anything considered defiled or unclean. " 1. While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. i. We understand believers are not under any obligation to keep a kosher diet. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Pentateuch iii. Cornelius is told to send for Peter [in order to learn what he must believe and do]. d. On the next day Peter went away with them: Peter reached out in love to his Gentile neighbors, in obedience to what God told him to do. I know that the preacher must be prepared too. d. He commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord: This showed their full acceptance into the community of those who followed Jesus. ii. Many of the conquered people served in the Roman armies. When it pleases him to do so, he can speak directly to one’s mind where all sound waves are finally interpreted.” (Lovett). c. Rise, Peter, kill and eat: This obviously went against Peter’s commitment as a Jew, which was to never eat anything except kosher foods. Jonah, the prophet, took a ship from Joppa and refused obedience to the divine call.” (Gaebelein). There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. This proves that Jesus is more than a man, and greater than any angel (Luke 4:8). He was not a "Gentile converted to Judaism," because he had not been circumcised and officially become a Jew. He would not have had fellowship with them. General Epistles ii. -------------------- -------------------- He clearly saw the angel. iii. The message Peter was about to preach had great preparation. As a vision can be “seen” by the “mind’s eye,” even so we can “hear” the voice of God with the “mind’s ear.”, i. The miraculous gift of [given by] the Holy Spirit was never a part of the converting process, but was to attest that the work was of God, and to guide those who received this Spirit in teaching all truth of God to the people." Jonah ran from God’s call, thinking he could get away from the Lord, and he did not share God’s heart for the lost. In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality: This is the foundation for Peter’s understanding that the gospel should now go forth to Gentiles. Yet it was good and even necessary on this occasion, to show that they received the exact same Spirit, the exact same blessing as the apostles and first followers of Jesus did on the morning of Pentecost (Acts 2). The Old Testament He speaks to several people about a matter, not just one. Only God is to be worshiped! ii. Most of the Gentiles who first "came to Christ" were from this type of people. ii. When he had a vision. But Jesus received such worship freely (Matthew 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 28:9). Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision, He saw clearly in a vision an angel of God, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, As they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, All kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air, all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air, And a voice spoke to him again the second time, Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, Three men are seeking you…go down and go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them, Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, To summon you to his house, and to hear words from you, On the next day Peter went away with them, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him, I should not call any man common or unclean, “I should not call any man common or unclean, Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms are remembered in the sight of God, Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God, In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality, But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him, Whom they killed by hanging on a tree…Him God raised up on the third day, Even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead, He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead, Whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins, While Peter was still speaking these words, The Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word…they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God, Those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, He commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord, David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Genesis 1:1-8 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), A Spectacle Unto the World (Chuck Missler), Ephesians: History of Ephesus (Dr. J. Vernon McGee).
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