Summary: This is the account of gentiles coming to Christ the 13th sermon in the series in Acts
Gentiles coming to Christ
I. God fearing Gentiles needed some one to tell the good news of Jesus. 10:1-8
A. Introduction of Cornelius.
1. Lived in Caesarea
2. He was a Roman Soldier, a Centurion; He was in charge of a group of 100 soldiers.
3. He was a devout man that feared God.
4. His household feared God.
5. He gave to the Jewish people.
6. He was a man of Prayer.
B. The vision of Cornelius. 3-6
1. In the ninth hour of the day. 3pm.
2. And Angel of God came to him with a message.
3. The reaction of Cornelius was one of being alarmed.
4. The message that was delivered.
a. That your prayers have been received.
b. That your gifts have been received and they have been made a memorial before God.
NOTE: This is Old Testament language that says that his sacrifice is sweet smell to God.
c. Send someone to get Peter.
C. The action of Cornelius was to send to Men to Peter.
D. The return to Peter. 9-16
1. The vision of Peter.
a. It occurred at the sixth hour during his prayer time.
b. He was hungry
c. He was getting ready to eat.
d. The vision was in the form of a trance.
1) The vision involved eating animals that where unclean.
2) The reaction of Peter was he was not going to eat anything that was unclean.
3) The reaction was that anything that God gives is clean.
NOTE: The text tells us that this happened three times. And at the last time the object went up into the sky. I believe that this was a message for Peter telling him that there are going to be opportunities for you to share the Gospel with others and you need to take that opportunity and share Jesus. This was breaking down the Gentile barriers. This was telling Peter that everyone could receive the Gospel.
I think that we can apply that today in this way if we ever have a chance to share Jesus with someone that we need to take that chance then and there. God will open the doors to witness as long as you are willing to go through it. If you have a chance to witness, witness. Do not go home and pray about it. God does not want us to waste any opportunity.
2. The arrival of the servants of Cornelius. 17-23
a. Peter was concerned about the meaning of the vision.
b. The servants asked if Peter was there.
c. The Spirit came to Peter.
1) Told him that three men were hunting for him.
2) He told them to go with them for he sent them.
d. Peter went to meet them.
3. The telling of the mission and about Cornelius.
NOTE: The last verse in this paragraph tells us that Jewish people let Gentiles stay in their house. This is God softening the disciples to be able to present Jesus to the Gentiles.
II. Salvation comes to Cornelius and his family. 23b-48
A. They went to see Cornelius. 23. Peter and some of the disciples from Joppa.
B. The anticipation of Cornelius. 24 Notice that he had gathered his relatives and close friends together to hear the words which this Peter was going to tell them.
C. The action of Cornelius to the arrival. 25
1. Met him.
2. Fell at his feet
3. Worshiped him.
D. The response of Peter. 26
NOTE: He pulled Cornelius up and told him that I am just a man like you.