In Acts 10, a Roman Army Centurion (Leader of 100 soldiers), named Cornelius, is described as a devout and God-fearing man, which means he worshipped the One True God of the Jews, but was not a Christ-follower. He was also a Gentile.
One day, Cornelius saw a vision, an angel of God who called his name. The angel told him that his generosity and prayers had come before God. Then he told him to send men to Joppa to bring back Simon Peter to Caesarea.
Cornelius selected three men to invite Peter to his home.
Praying on the roof of Simon the Tanner’s home, Peter became hungry on the rooftop and then fell into a trance. In a vision Peter sees a large sheet being let down to earthand on it were all kinds of animal, reptiles and birds. The voice said to kill and eat.
Peter responded, I have never eaten anything impure or unclean. The OT food laws indicated what was kosher or permissible for a devout Jewish person to eat. The voice responded “don’t call anything impure that God has made clean.”
This occurred three times, and the sheet returned to heaven.
Then the Spirit said to him, three men are looking for you. I sent them so don’t hesitate to go with them.
Meeting the men they told him why they came.
The next day they left to go see Cornelius. An expectant Cornelius had called together his relatives and close friends.
Peter told them, you know that we Jews don’t associate with Gentiles. But God has shown me not to call anyone unclean.
Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism (Dt. 10:17), but rather He accepts everyone who fears Him and does what is right.”
Peter then tells them the story of Jesus’ ministry of teaching and healing people before being crucified only to rise from the dead! Now, everyone who believes in Him will be forgiven of sins through His name.
As he was speaking the Holy Spirit was poured out on them and they spoke in tongues and praising God.
So Peter said they have received the Holy Spirit and it can’t be denied. He ordered that they be baptized.
The major and life changing revelation here is that Salvation in Christ is for the Gentiles and as a bonus all believers can eat Bacon!
When reading this passage what stood out to you?
How do you sense God may want you to apply what you discovered?