Our Bible reading today is Acts Chapter 10 verses 34-48.
Here, Peter takes the opportunity he is given by Cornelius in his house to proclaim the story of Jesus to all who are present.He begins by saying that he has come to realise that God doesn’t show favouritism (presumably to the Jews, God’s historic holy people), but accepts men & women from every nation who fear him and do what is right (v.35). This was a key change of gear and focus in the development of the early church, and which would take a while to be accepted and to be worked out in everyday life.
We today don’t have that Jew/Gentile battle so much as the issues about race, and so it is still a very helpful thing to remember that ‘God doesn’t show favouritism, but accepts men and women from every nation who fear him and do what is right’.
Notice how Peter focuses on Jesus, His life and ministry, death and resurrection, and the necessary response that ‘everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’ (v.43). Peter is using the opportunity to call them to repentance and faith, just like he did on the Day of Pentecost back in Acts Ch.2.
The Holy Spirit then comes upon Cornelius and his household and friends in a dramatic way, just like He did on the Day of Pentecost, and we’ll think about this more tomorrow.
From our extended church address list, let us remember in our prayers, – Sally- Terry,