On a mission he received from the Lord in a vision, Peter traveled from Joppa, where he was staying with Simon the tanner, to Caesarea, a Roman capital along the Mediterranean Sea. When the apostle arrived, he was greeted by Cornelius, the Roman centurion who had sent out for Peter a few days earlier, after he was visited by an angel of God who instructed him to send out a delegation to Joppa.
“34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34)
Chosen by the mighty hand of God, Peter had preached the good news about salvation to the Jews at Pentecost, and now, the apostle shares the Lord’s plan to eliminate the concept of partiality to Jews.
“35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:35)
Peter reveals that anyone who believes in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, in spite of their nationality will be saved from the wages of sin, which is death.
“36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:36-38)
The message sent to the Jews was simple. Jesus was the promised Messiah, anointed by the Creator to deliver man from the wages of sin. Those who accepted this truth would one day rejoice with the Father in Heaven, while those who reject the fact Jesus is Lord chose their destiny, to be cast into Hades where eternal suffering awaits.
“39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.” (Acts 10:39-41)
Peter declares himself among those chosen by God to witness the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, as prophesied in the word, and promised by Yahweh. Of his own account, the apostle tells the truth about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, a living physical being whom Peter knew in the flesh, before He was taken to Heaven to sit along wide His Father.
“42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:42-43)
Peter calls on believers to abide by the command delivered by God to all Christians, that those in Christ are commanded to spread the truth about the risen Messiah, the begotten Son of Yahweh, the Creator of life and ultimate Father. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre