The Gospel is for Everyone
So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa. They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled. Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me.”
Acts of the Apostles 10:23-29 NLT
Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”
Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36 NLT
Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. For they heard them speaking in other tongues and praising God. Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?”
Acts of the Apostles 10:44-47 NLT
I have taken some excerpts from chapter ten of Acts; it is worth taking a few minutes to read the entire story when you can. Peter was in the house of Simon the tanner in Joppa when three men came from Cornelius’ house to get him at the direction of an angelic visit to Cornelius. Cornelius was a Gentile, and Peter knew it was against the Jewish law to go into the house of a Gentile. In great wisdom, Peter took some of the other disciples with him as witnesses.
When they arrived, Cornelius began to worship Peter—but Peter quickly stopped him and lets Cornelius know he was just a human. Then they talked, and Cornelius took him in to meet the friends and family he had assembled to hear Peter’s message.
Peter began to tell them about the ministry of Jesus, the anointing of the Spirit that was on Jesus, His crucifixion and resurrection. As Peter was speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on the Gentiles gathered. There was no invitation, prayer, or laying on of hands—the Holy Spirit just came to confirm the word Peter was sharing.
Peter and the other disciples knew this was from God because they heard the Gentiles speaking in tongues just as they did in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost. Tongues were the proof that God was doing in them what He did in Acts 2 to the 120 people in the Upper Room.
This miraculous event launched the gospel into the Gentile world. From this moment forward, the gospel is preached regardless of anyone’s race or nationality. The message goes beyond borders.
I believe we should expect nothing less than the miraculous today. We should not settle for religious routines or services. We should expect the Holy Spirit to show up and transform lives each time we gather and share God’s Word.
Holy Spirit, teach us to be people who expect You to show up and show off in our lives. Help us not to settle for anything short of a fresh outpouring of Your presence.
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