Scripture: Acts 10

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Cornelius Calls For Peter

Acts 10:1-8 (KJV) There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.  He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.  And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.  And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.  And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.

Questions:

1. Who was Cornelius (Acts 10:1-2)?

2. Who did Cornelius see in a vision (Acts 10:3)?

3. How did Cornelius respond (Acts 10:4a)?

4.What was said to Cornelius about God (Acts 10:4b)?

5. What was Cornelius told to do and what did he do (Acts 10:5-7)?

Answers:

1. Cornelius was a centurion of the band called the Italian band.  He was a devout man and one who feared God with all his house.  He gave much alms to the people and he prayed to God always.

2. In a vision, Cornelius saw an angel of God coming to him saying “Cornelius.”

3. Cornelius was afraid and said, “What is it, Lord?”

4. The angel said to Cornelius, “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.”

5. The angel told Cornelius, “Now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter.  He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou ought to do.”  Cornelius told two of his household servants and a devout soldier what he had been told and send them to Joppa.  

Peter’s Vision

Acts 10:9-23a (KJV) On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour (about noon): 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.  13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.  14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.  15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,     18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.  19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.  20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.  21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?  22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.  23 Then called he them in, and lodged them.

Questions:

1. Why did Peter go up on the housetop (Acts 10:9)?

2. What happened to Peter (Acts 10:10-12)?

3. What did Peter hear (Acts 10:13)?

4. What did Peter say (Acts 10:14)?

5. What did the voice say to Peter and what happened (Acts 10:15-16)?

6. While Peter was considering the vision’s meaning who was at the gate of Simon’s house (Acts 10:17)?

7. What did the men ask (Acts 10:18)?

8. What did the spirit say to Peter (Acts 10:19-20)?

9. What did Peter do and say (Acts 10:21)?

10. What did those sent by Cornelius say to Peter and how did Peter respond (Acts 10:22-23)?

Answers:

1. Peter went up on the housetop to pray.

2. Peter fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 

3. Peter heard a voice say, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

4. Peter said, “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”

5. The voice said unto him again the second time, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”  This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.  

6. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate.

7. They called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, was lodged there. 

8. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, “Behold, three men seek thee.  Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.”

9.  Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, “Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?”

10. They said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.”  Then Peter invited them in to be his guests.

Peter At Cornelius’ House

Acts 10:23b-48 And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.  24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.  25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.  26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.  27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.  28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.  29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?  30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.  32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.  33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.  34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him. 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all:)  37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.  39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly;  41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after he rose from the dead.  42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  43 To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.  44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Questions:

1. What did Peter do the next day (Acts 10:23b)?

2. What had Cornelius done (Acts 10:24)?

3. What does Peter tell the group gathered with Cornelius (Acts 10:28-29)?

4. What is Cornelius’ reply (Acts 10:30-33)?

5. What does Peter then say about God showing favoritism (Acts 10:34-35)?

6. Who does Peter say is “Lord of all” (Acts 10:36)?

7. What does Peter say about Jesus of Nazareth (Acts. 10:38-43)?

8. What happened while Peter was still speaking (Acts 10:44)?

9. Who was astonished and why (Acts 10:45-46)?

10. What did Peter say should be done (Acts 10:47-48)?

Answers:

1. Peter went away with the men Cornelius had sent.

2. Cornelius had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

3. Peter said, “Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.  Therefore came I unto you without raising any objection, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?” 

4. Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,  And said, ‘Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.  Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.’ Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.” 

5. Peter opened his mouth, and said,” Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.”

6. Peter says Jesus is Lord of all.

7. Peter said, “We are witnesses of all things which Jesus did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and showed Him openly;  Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.  And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.” 

8. While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit come on all who heard the message.

9. The circumcised believers were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

10. Peter said, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 10:44-46 (KJV) 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  Did the Holy Spirit fall on Cornelius and the others because they believed on Jesus? Following are some other verses to ponder along side the above.

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify about Him (Jesus) that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We need to live our life believing that God can do for the unsaved what He did for Cornelius. That is sent people to speak to the unsaved about Jesus.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And we should assure others of God’s love for everyone.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will be like Cornelius and be devoted to You, God-fearing,  generous with what we have, and talk to You often (Acts 10:2).  Lord, I pray we will not judge what is unclean but will leave that up to You (Acts 10:15).  Lord, I pray we will listen to all You have to say (Acts 10:33).  Lord, I ask You to help us to understand speaking in tongues (Acts 10:46).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I seek direction from God concerning speaking in tongues.” <>< Dona