Acts 10:39-43       NIV

Acts 10:39-43       NIV

December 31, 2020 – Thursday 

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Acts 10:39-43       NIV

39 “We are witnesses of everything He did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed Him by hanging Him on a cross, 

40 but God raised Him from the dead on the third day and caused Him to be seen. 

41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. 

42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 

43 All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”

Comment

Yesterday (chapter 9) Peter was in the port city of Joppa. Today (chapter 10) Peter, along with some believers from Joppa, has traveled to Caesarea, a distance of about 30 miles along the coastline. He has come to the home of Cornelius a Gentile who has his relatives and close friends there with him. Upon meeting Peter, 25Cornelius fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

In the following verses they had a very interesting conversation where Peter inquired why he was sent for. He also pointed out that while it was against Jewish law for him to associate with or visit a Gentile, God had shown him he should not call anyone impure or unclean. Cornelius answered why he had asked for Peter to come, 30“Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”

That’s when Peter replied, 34 “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.

Peter continued on with our verses for today which provide a great summary of the good news of Jesus Christ for all who believe in Him, 39 “We are witnesses of everything He did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed Him by hanging Him on a cross, 40 but God raised Him from the dead on the third day and caused Him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”

Then came a great surprise to Peter and all the Jews who had come with him from Joppa for 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. What happened? Guzik’s explanation provides a clear answer, Salvation came when each one of these Gentiles responded to Peter’s message with believing faith in their hearts, so that they were actually born again as they listened and believed. It is the same salvation we receive when we believe in our hearts and are born again.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your message to us from the events in Cornelius show Your gift of salvation is there for all of us if we will but believe in our hearts the good news that Jesus died for us and rose again on the third day. – In Jesus name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton