Acts 10:42 & 43

"'He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.'" NIV translation

Now, Peter gets down to it. In the previous passage, he gives his qualifications as an apostle, now, he explains his purpose in coming to Cornelius' house. That purpose (which is the same as our purpose as Christians) is to testify about Jesus Christ. He explains that Jesus will be the judge of all mankind and that forgiveness comes through him.

Acts 10:44 - 46

"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God." NIV translation

What a powerful example of why we should share the Word of God. Here we see how God can immediately take those words and change people's lives. The believers that were with Peter also got to see that God loves all men. We probably all at one time have seen someone so far from God that we did not see how they could possibly be reached. This same feeling is what the Jewish believers felt but they got to see God in action. Imagine the shock when they saw God touch the lives of these untouchable people. The same thing can and will happen to the "untouchables" in our paths.

Acts 10:47 & 48

"Then Peter said, 'Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.' So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days." NIV translation

Here, Peter is asking a silly question and answering it at the same time. In the previous passage, the people had received the gift of the Holy Spirit. You see, the Holy Spirit is our counselor that constantly guides us to please God and it pleases God when we obey. Part of that obedience is being baptized (just like Jesus did). Peter knew that now they were going to want to please God and so they were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

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