Preach the Gospel to Everyone, “God Shows no Partiality”- Acts 10:34
The average Christian cannot stand next to the religious man and woman. If God were to view righteousness based on religious observances, I don’t know a single Christian who would meet the mark.
There are people today who truly want to know God. They desperately want to obey Him and do what He says, however, they approach God legally. Their desire to know God pushes them into adopting certain principles, to which they adhere, without fail, like the giving of alms, being kind and doing everything they possibly can to please God. Cornelius, a deeply religious man, was such a person (Acts 10).
“He was well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation.”
Devout in all His ways, Cornelius feared the Lord and was constantly praying. However, his understanding of God was obscured. You may ask, “To whom was he praying if He did not know God?”
In God’s mercy, Cornelius had a divine visitation. An angel of the Lord appeared right before his eyes and Cornelius’ response was amazing:
“What is it Lord?”
Cornelius response showed his pliable heart and willingness to obey God.
And the angel said to Cornelius, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter…” Acts 10:4-8
Peter travelled over thirty miles to meet with Cornelius, however, God first of all revealed the legalism within Peter’s heart. Through a vision, God showed Peter his failure to understand that there were no divisions between God’s people. (Acts 10:9-16). The animals in his dream were unclean in his past life. The ceremonial law was deeply imbedded in his heart. Peter never physically ate anything unclean. His beliefs also extended to his relationship with others; never eating or having fellowship with non-Jewish people. Acts 10:27-28
It was Jesus desire for him to preach the Gospel to the nations. Through this vision, the limitation in his mind was broken. Indeed, Peter was converted. He preached the gospel freely to Cornelius and all present: his friends and family.
Before Peter could finish preaching, the Holy Spirit filled the room and fell on everyone in the room, thus the Lord proving His Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation was for both the Jews and Gentiles, “God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” – Acts 10:34-35
Both Cornelius and Peter touched by God:
There were two conversions: Cornelius eyes were opened to see God in the fullness of His glory and Peter was also converted. He was no longer discriminatory in his preaching of the Gospel.
Are you hungry for souls?
If you are a Christian reading this, you have a commission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ without discrimination. The Lord knows those who are His, just preach Christ. John 3; 16
Are you seeking God?
If you are seeking God, not all roads lead to Him. Salvation is through Christ alone. Jesus took the sins of the whole world upon His shoulders, indeed He paid the price that no one else can pay. Being good and observing religious duties cannot save a soul. Salvation is a work of divine grace, as it cannot by any means be earned. Repentance leads to Life – Acts 11:18
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