“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Peter At Cornelius’ House II

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Peter At Cornelius’ House” cont’d, Acts 10:38) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:  Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.   John 1.  39) And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; Whom they slew and hanged on a tree:  40) Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly;  41) Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.  John 14:17; John 21:13.  42) And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  2Corinthians 5:10.  43) To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.  44) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word.  45)  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.  Then answered Peter, 47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.  Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v28-42, God shows no partiality:  The good news of the Gospel is not for a certain population.  All people are welcome into the Kingdom of God.  This is precisely what Christ had told the Apostles (Matthew 28:19).  v43, In order to receive remission of sins, one has to believe–nothing more, nothing less.  v44-46, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard:  The Jewish believers were amazed because they saw that the Gentiles had received the same gift of speaking in tongues that they had received (ch. 2).  The Good News had reached the Jews, the Samaritans and now the Gentiles.  All were united by the same faith in the same Lord with the same gift of the Holy Spirit.  v47-48, Willingness to be Baptized is the consistent response in the Book of Acts of all who placed their faith in Christ.  It is the appropriate response (Matthew 28:19, 20) of a regenerated heart (2:36-38).   

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary – v39-43, Peter declares Christ’s Resurrection from the dead, and the proofs of it.  Faith has reference to a testimony and the Christian Faith is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, on the testimony given by them.  And if we believe in Him, we shall all be justified by Him as our Righteousness.  The remission of sins lays a foundation for all other favours and blessings.  If sin be pardoned, all is well, and shall end well for ever.  v44-48,  The Holy Ghost fell upon others after they were baptized, to confirm them in the faith, but upon these Gentiles before they were baptized.  To show that God does not confine Himself to outward signs.  The Holy Ghost fell upon those who were neither circumcised nor baptized:  it is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.  They magnified God, and spake of Christ and the benefits of redemption (through the shed blood of Christ, man is reconciled to God).  Whatever gift we are endued with, we ought to honour God with it.  As they were undeniably baptized with the Holy Ghost, Peter concluded they were not to be refused the baptism of water, and the ordinance was administered.  Those who have some acquaintance with Christ, cannot but desire more.  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.

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