A Christ Filled Life-Getting To Know Jesus
“Peter Explains His Actions”, Acts 11:1) And the Apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God. Malachi 1:11. 2) And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended (argued) with him, Galatians 2:12. 3) Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. 4) But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying. Luke 1:3. 5) I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from Heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: 6) Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 7) And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. 8) But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. Ezekiel 4:14. 9) But the voice answered me again from Heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 10) And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into Heaven. 11) And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. 12) And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house: John 16:13. 13) And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter, 14) Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15) And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16) Then remembered I the Word of the Lord, how that He said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Joel 2:28. 17) Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as He did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? 18) When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Romans 10:12.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, The Jews were not fond of the Gentiles. They were called dogs (Matthew 15:26) and unclean (10:14). v2, Those of the circumcision refers to Jewish Christians who believed that Gentiles had to become Jews when they became Christians. They were not pleased that the Gentiles were considered equal to them in the eyes of God, based on nothing more than their faith in Christ. They wanted the Gentiles to be circumcised and to keep the Law of Moses in order to become Christians. contended with him: This was an intense quarrel. The Jewish Christians were upset because Peter had broken Jewish law by going into the home of a Gentile and eating with him. The Jewish Christians justified their prejudice by claiming that it was God who had forbidden eating with Gentiles. v3-10, in a trance I saw a vision: Because of the importance of the issue of personal prejudice, Luke repeats the account of the vision of the sheet and the unclean animals that God used to free Peter from his racial bigotry. (10:9-16). v11-12, Peter had wisely taken six brethren with him when he visited Cornelius’s home (10:23). He anticipated the argument from “those of the circumcision”, (*no doubt, he was led by the Holy Spirit). (v2). v13-15, began to speak: Apparently Peter considered the words he spoke in Caesarea (10:34-43) to be just the introduction to the sermon he had intended to preach. as upon us: The manifestation of the Holy Spirit was the same to the Gentiles at Caesarea as it was to the Jews at Jerusalem (10:44). v16, baptized with the Holy Spirit: The reference is to a once for all act whereby Christ places believers in the care and safekeeping of the Holy Spirit until the day He returns. v17-18, granted to the Gentiles repentance to life: This section begins a bold new step in the mission of the Church. The Samaritans were part Jewish, the Ethiopian eunuch and Cornelius were Jewish proselytes (a Greek (Gentile), converted to the Hebrew religion). Finally, the Jewish Christians that made up the early church understood Jesus’ commission to them: they were also to take the Gospel message to the Gentiles (1:8). Praise God!
More to come and God Bless You.