Acts Chapter 10
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 10 Bible commentary...
Cornelius directed to send for Peter. (1-8) Peter's vision. (9-18) He goes to Cornelius. (19-33) His discourse to Cornelius. (34-43) The gifts of the Holy Spirit poured out. (44-48)1-8 Hitherto none had been baptized into the Christian church but Jews, Samaritans, and those converts who had been circumcised and observed the ceremonial law; but now the Gentiles were to be called to partake all the privileges of God's people, without first becoming Jews. Pure and undefiled religion is sometimes found where we least expect it. Wherever the fear of God rules in the heart, it will appear both in works of charity and of piety, neither will excuse from the other. Doubtless Cornelius had true faith in God's word, as far as he understood it, though not as yet clear faith in Christ. This was the work of the Spirit of God, through the mediation of Jesus, even before Cornelius knew him, as is the case with us all when we, who before were dead in sin, are made alive. Through Christ also his prayers and alms were accepted, which otherwise would have been rejected. Without dispute or delay Cornelius was obedient to the heavenly vision. In the affairs of our souls, let us not lose time.
9-18 The prejudices of Peter against the Gentiles, would have prevented his going to Cornelius, unless the Lord had prepared him for this service. To tell a Jew that God had directed those animals to be reckoned clean which were hitherto deemed unclean, was in effect saying, that the law of Moses was done away. Peter was soon made to know the meaning of it. God knows what services are before us, and how to prepare us; and we know the meaning of what he has taught us, when we find what occasion we have to make use of it.
19-33 When we see our call clear to any service, we should not be perplexed with doubts and scruples arising from prejudices or former ideas. Cornelius had called together his friends, to partake with him of the heavenly wisdom he expected from Peter. We should not covet to eat our spiritual morsels alone. It ought to be both given and taken as kindness and respect to our kindred and friends, to invite them to join us in religious exercises. Cornelius declared the direction God gave him to send for Peter. We are right in our aims in attending a gospel ministry, when we do it with regard to the Divine appointment requiring us to make use of that ordinance. How seldom ministers are called to speak to such companies, however small, in which it may be said that they are all present in the sight of God, to hear all things that are commanded of God! But these were ready to hear what Peter was commanded of God to say.
34-43 Acceptance cannot be obtained on any other ground than that of the covenant of mercy, through the atonement of Christ; but wherever true religion is found, God will accept it without regarding names or sects. The fear of God and works of righteousness are the substance of true religion, the effects of special grace. Though these are not the cause of a man's acceptance, yet they show it; and whatever may be wanting in knowledge or faith, will in due time be given by Him who has begun it. They knew in general the word, that is, the gospel, which God sent to the children of Israel. The purport of this word was, that God by it published the good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ. They knew the several matters of fact relating to the gospel. They knew the baptism of repentance which John preached. Let them know that this Jesus Christ, by whom peace is made between God and man, is Lord of all; not only as over all, God blessed for evermore, but as Mediator. All power, both in heaven and in earth, is put into his hand, and all judgment committed to him. God will go with those whom he anoints; he will be with those to whom he has given his Spirit. Peter then declares Christ's resurrection from the dead, and the proofs of it. Faith has reference to a testimony, and the Christian faith is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, on the testimony given by them. See what must be believed concerning him. That we are all accountable to Christ as our Judge; so every one must seek his favour, and to have him as our Friend. And if we believe in him, we shall all be justified by him as our Righteousness. The remission of sins lays a foundation for all other favours and blessings, by taking that out of the way which hinders the bestowing of them. If sin be pardoned, all is well, and shall end well for ever.
44-48 The Holy Ghost fell upon others after they were baptized, to confirm them in the faith; but upon these Gentiles before they were baptized, to show that God does not confine himself to outward signs. The Holy Ghost fell upon those who were neither circumcised nor baptized; it is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing. They magnified God, and spake of Christ and the benefits of redemption. Whatever gift we are endued with, we ought to honour God with it. The believing Jews who were present, were astonished that the gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also. By mistaken notions of things, we make difficult for ourselves as to the methods of Divine providence and grace. As they were undeniably baptized with the Holy Ghost, Peter concluded they were not to be refused the baptism of water, and the ordinance was administered. The argument is conclusive; can we deny the sign to those who have received the things signified? Those who have some acquaintance with Christ, cannot but desire more. Even those who have received the Holy Ghost, must see their need of daily learning more of the truth.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Acts Chapter 10 comment on 11/21/2014, 8:15am...
Hello Robert and James The Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God gives utterance is not just for the Jews. It is for everyone, Acts 2 39. There is another example of the first Gentile to receive this gift, that is Cornelius and his household Acts Chapter 10. Even though people may choose not to believe it, it still does not negate the fact that a person has to follow Acts 2 38 for salvation this is fact according to the word of God.
Robert's Acts Chapter 10 comment on 11/08/2014, 8:57am...
James you are right on. Verses 45 and 46 coinside with 1Cor.1 22 and 1 Cor.14 22 that tongues are a SIGN to the Jews. There are four ways that people are saved in Acts and this is one of them. Remember Acts is a transitional book, from the gospels to the church age. Also no one after Acts 2 38 gets the Holy Spirit when he is baptized in water. We receive the Holy Spirit our salvation by FAITH.
Dewey's Acts Chapter 10 comment on 11/04/2014, 4:20pm...
Hello Mary, I absolutely concur with you. Though my Catholics friends and some others will definitely disagree there is no biblical evidence that suggests Peter was a Pope at anytime or anywhere. This chapter 10 tells us exactly how peter felt about the Gentiles even though God reproved him for his spiritual bias, it is very unlikely that he would have ended up in Rome as the first Pope. Blessings!
MARY's Acts Chapter 10 comment about verse 26 on 10/11/2014, 8:09am...
goes to show you Rome is wrong about peter being the first pope..there is a fine line between a lie and the truth...and they polished it..presented it...as truth to a gullible people...but only to those that dont read the scriptures..
Tusasirwe's Acts Chapter 10 comment on 10/01/2014, 4:10am...
Greetings to you all. Acts Chapter 10 is all interesting. However, I will only pick the fact that these Gentiles received the baptism of the Holy Ghost Holy Spirit before they were baptized with water. Hehehehe...Water Baptism, the baptism of John, is for repentance from sin and dead works. But notice here in Acts 10 that these men repented without necessarily having been water baptized. If their repentance had not been effective, they would not have received the Holy Ghost. I love to read that Peter commanded they be baptized it is not Peter who Baptized them but his deputies. Now, I am not saying water Baptism is not important but definately not a prerequisite for baptism with the Holy Ghost. Repentance is the prerequisite for Baptism with the Holy Ghost.
James's Acts Chapter 10 comment on 8/19/2014, 3:14pm...
Every person in Acts 2 is a Mosaic law observing Old Testament Jew. In fact, they are all gathered together to observe a JEWISH FEAST called Pentecost verse 1 . A fair reading of the whole chapter especially verses 4, 14, and 36 will clearly reveal that no Gentiles non Jews are present. Since this involves Jews, it involves a NATION verse 36!! , not individuals. No one asked, "What must I do to be saved? " The question asked concerned the NATION of Israel "Men and brethren, what shall we do? " verse 37 Not, "What shall I do, " but rather, "What shall WE do? " Acts 2 presents a NATION of people who come to realize that they have murdered their blessed Messiah and they 're asking what THEY must do. It 's a question concerning NATIONAL salvation. Isaiah 66 8 says, ". . . shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. " The "nation " is Israel! Romans 11 26 says, "And so all Israel shall be saved as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. " Acts 2 38 is dealing with NATIONAL salvation. The Messianic Kingdom is still available to the Jews until Acts 7 60 when they kill Stephen , so national salvation remains an issue until then.
Lolu's Acts Chapter 10 comment about verse 13 on 8/11/2014, 12:12pm...
God was saying Peter should go forth and preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and all the nations of the World outside of the Jews .God has demonstrated here that He is not a respected of persons but those that love and fear Him.
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