So earnest was Cornelius’ desire to know God that he also wanted those he had relations with to know God too. It was not enough for him alone to hear Peter. He also invited his relatives and close friends to hear Peter.
Peter quickly learned what God wanted him to learn from the vision. Even though it was unlawful for Jews to be associated with Gentiles at the time, Peter feared God more than he feared people. He was not concerned with what his Jewish brothers and sisters would think of him. He went to Cornelius’ house without objection because that was what God wanted him to do.
(34-43) Gentiles Hear the Good News
Just as God did not favor Jews above Gentiles in Peter’s day, He does not favor Christians above Muslims or Hindus or any other religious group in our day. God is not unfair in His favoritism. He shows no partiality. He loves us all – believers and unbelievers – the same. Anyone who fears God, does what is right, and earnestly seeks Him as Cornelius did, will find Him. Anyone who believes in Jesus the Christ, no matter what their culture, country, race, or religion, will receive forgiveness of sins through His name and be saved forever.
(44-48) The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles
The early Jewish Christians thought that the Holy Spirit was only reserved for them. They were amazed to see the same gift of the Holy Spirit poured out on the Gentiles. This shows, however, the power of God to save all people.
Favorite verse: (26) But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”