April 2nd ,2019
1. In this amazing account of salvation and the gift of the Spirit to Gentiles, we can see that God used a seeking man (Cornelius) who was seeking God, and a prepared apostle (Peter) to share the Good News. While good works certainly don’t save anyone (Ephesians 2:8-10), apparently God takes notice of non-believers who are seeking the God of truth by their actions—compare Acts 10:2 “feared God … gave many alms … prayed to God continuously” and Acts 10:31 “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.” WHO IN YOUR LIFE MAY BE A PRESENT DAY “CORNELIUS” SEEKING THE TRUE GOD, BUT NOT YET A BELIEVER? WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU SEE OF THEIR SEEKING GOD? PRAY FOR THAT PERSON TO KNOW JESUS!
2. God also prepared His representative, Peter, to share the Good News with Cornelius but Peter had to be freed of His limited view of how God works in order to reach out to Cornelius. Note Peter’s vision in Acts 10:9-16. Peter even indicated this, very transparently, in his address to Cornelius and his family and friends (Acts 10:24, 28-29, 34-35). WHAT IS GOD SHOWING YOU ABOUT OBEYING HIM BY REACHING OUT BEYOND LIMITS YOU HAVE KEPT TO SHARE JESUS WITH OTHERS? See II Peter 3:9 (something Peter wrote later)
3. Sometimes God works in ways we don’t see coming, just as Peter’s Jewish friends were “amazed” (verse 45) that the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit as they had. WHEN HAVE YOU BEEN SHOCKED TO SEE SOMEONE COME TO CHRIST--SOMEONE YOU DIDN’T THINK WOULD EVER TRUST CHRIST? Look at John 3:1-21. WHY DO WE NOT SEE MORE PEOPLE COMING TO CHRIST AROUND US?