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Acts Chapter Ten part 3, A study of Acts 10:17 - 21, Acts 10:22 & 23, Acts 10:24, and Acts 10:25 & 26 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 10:17 - 21

"While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon's house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.' Peter went down and said to the men, 'I'm the one you are looking for. Why have you come?'" NIV translation

What a great example of faith and obedience we see in this passage. We see that, even though Peter did not understand what God was showing him through the vision, he obeyed the Spirit and went down to greet the men. Most of the time we will not understand all of what God is doing but, like Peter, we need to obey when He tells us to do something and trust that God is in control of everything.

Acts 10:22 & 23

"The men replied, 'We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.' Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went along." NIV translation

It is interesting to see what the men had to tell Peter about Cornelius. They said that he was "a righteous and God-fearing man". Peter, being a Jew, would not have normally accepted this as they believed that only Jews could be righteous. Then, to be told that an angel of God had spoken to Cornelius would have seemed to be impossible. But, Peter was still obedient. He may have still been struggling with what God was telling him but he still obeyed.

Acts 10:24

"The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends." NIV translation

What an awesome example we see here in Cornelius. Knowing that someone was coming with Word from God, he gathered his relatives and close friends so that they could hear as well. How often do we pass up the opportunity to share the gospel with our relatives and close friends? If we truly love them, how can we not do as Cornelius did and call them to gather with us to hear God's Word?

Acts 10:25 & 26

"As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. 'Stand up,' he said, 'I am only a man myself.'" NIV translation

What an example we have here of humility. It would have been easy for Peter to be proud and to forget that it is all about Jesus and not himself. Instead, Peter reminds Cornelius that he is just a man like him. We need to keep that same attitude as we deal with others each day.

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