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.
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.