Bible study on Acts of the Apostles- Chapter 10


Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 10

Dear brothers and sisters,

In the Bible study on the 10th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:

  • Cornelius calls for Peter
  • Peter’s vision
  • Peter at Cornelius’s house

Cornelius calls for Peter


At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion from the Roman regiment. This man (and his family) was devout and God-fearing. They gave generously to those in need and prayed regularly. See how even people of which you wouldn’t expect it, can be children of God. Don’t assume that someone cannot be a Christian, just because of his or her job or status in life. Don’t judge people as we do not know everything. It also show how God can place Christians in influential roles.

On some day he received a vision on 3am in the night. He saw an angel, which called his name. He immediately knew that it was from God, and he acknowledged this by asking God what it was that he came for. When you know that God is calling you, always respond to him humbly and in obedience. The angel told him that his prayers and gifts to the poor were considered to have come up as a memorial to God. This shows that when we do good to others, then we are honoring God first and foremost. God told him that a man called Peter was in Joppa and that he was to meet him. He immediately sent 2 of his man to get Peter. Again we see that if God asks us something, that we need to act immediately. God also won’t wait to help us.

Peter’s vision


The next day Peter went to the roof of the house were he was staying and started praying. Because he was hungry, he let some dinner to me prepared. At the same moment he went into a trance. Peter saw heaven open and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.

13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
While he was still trying to understand the vision, at the same time the three men sent by Cornelius were informing where Peter was staying. At that same moment God told Peter that three man were looking for him. And again we see a child of God immediately acted on God’s demand and he met with them and they both shared that God sent them to each other. God will always make sure that both parties will know when God is working.
Peter at Cornelius’s house
The next day Peter joined the three to meet Cornelius in Joppa. Peter told Cornelius that it is against the Jewish law for a Jew to meet with a gentile, but because God sent him, he did it, and that he also never call anyone impure or unclean. See again that God hates it when we judge people, certainly because we always do this on earthly reasons, never based on the Word of God. They discussed God’s word and in the end he baptized Cornelius as no one is exempt of being baptized when they want to follow God! Again I pray that we let God use us for His work, so others have the chance to come to God!
Thank you God for blessing us and making us humble by never rejecting someone just because we have been thought that someone is not able to be a follower of God.

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