“And there came a voice to him rise, peter, kill and eat. But Peter said, not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, what God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” Acts 10 vs 13-15. (please read the entire chapter).
Acts chapter 10 verses 10-12 spoke about the Peter’s vision of all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth and wild beasts, creeping things and fowls of the air that came down from heaven. When he was told by God to rise, kill and eat Peter was astonished by this, maybe he even thought it was another wiles of the devil. But Peter would have found out later that God does not discriminate, and it is not his desire for anyone to perish no matter how wicked and vile they are. This is confirmed in 2nd Peter 3 verse 9 that says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God did not just choose Cornelius because he was doing good and feared him, but he was chosen to show the Jews that salvation was a gift from God to all nations. No matter what color you are, you have access to salvation through Jesus Christ. We are God’s hands and feet on the earth, but we have allowed so many things to hinder us from being a true witness at times. Things like chains of religion and man-made doctrines, which most times have nothing to do with salvation. In Peter’s case, it was the law that would have prevented him from preaching the gospel to the Gentiles like Cornelius, he would have never thought of doing such a thing! In his own words he said it was unlawful for a Jew to keep company with another nation (Acts 10 vs 28) so God had to intervened, he had to prepare and enlightened Peter, to carry out his will, because our opinion does not change God’s will. That day Cornelius got saved along with many of his friends who were there with him, they were all baptized and fill with the Holy Ghost. That day heaven rejoiced for souls that came to know Christ, and that day Peter found out that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10 vs 34).
We have many Cornelius’ out there who are being ignored because they do not fit in according to our standard. They wear the face of murderers, thieves, fornicators, prostitutes, homosexuals, adulterers, liars and revelers. But we must pay attention because those are the people who Christ died for. They are people like you and I who before we knew Christ, we were nothing but lost souls. Now that we are saved by his grace it is our job to preach Christ to all without exceptions. Let us not forget that Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners unto repentance (Luke 5 vs 32).
Let us pray: Lord I repent of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to be a witness to everyone and to never discriminate because of race or use religion to hinder anyone for coming to know you in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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