Peter has gone to preach to Cornelius, a Gentile. The Jewish Christians in Jerusalem are upset and critical that he has received a non-Jew. “But Peter began and explained it to them in order”(Acts 11:4). To Peter’s credit, he is not cowed by their criticism and explains the entire story. It is almost an exact retelling of the story from Acts 10, with only a couple extra details. God gives Peter a vision encouraging him to eat unclean animals—and not to call unclean what God has cleansed. At that very moment, Cornelius’ men come to the door.
When he entered Cornelius’ house, he learns why he has come. “And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household”(Acts 11:13-14). It is amazing that even though an angel is speaking to him, the angel does not tell Cornelius the gospel. He wants Cornelius to send for Peter. God insists that the message be communicated through human vessels. This is a message that saves all that will hear it—and God ensures that even Gentiles will be able to hear it.
It often seems strange to us that God would communicate to man the way he has. At every stage he has involved humans—making promises to them, using them to write scripture, and preaching his word through them. Yet the content of those promises, scriptures, and gospel is able to save us because it does not originate with or depend on man. To this day, we rely on men to be the conduits of the message of God’s great salvation.
------------- One Thing to Think About: What people has God used to communicate his will to me?
One Thing to Pray For: Opportunities to speak the message to others
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