Peter's Vision to Preach the Gospel to the Gentiles
After the death of Jesus, He appeared to the apostles in his resurrected body and gave them a charge. He said, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The challenge was that up to that point Jesus and His apostles had only taught the gospel to the Jews. So, you can imagine that Peter and the others would have been a little hesitant to teach and baptize Gentiles, from other countries. To the Jews, anyone who was not a Jew was considered a Gentile and was unclean.
As the story continues, Peter was in Joppa and he had a vision (see the video for more details) which helped him understand that he should take the gospel to the gentiles. Shortly thereafter, some men came looking for him and took him to their master Cornelius who was in Cæsarea. Cornelius was a Gentile who believed in God and while praying, had a heavenly manifestation. In his own words, here’s what happened, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee” (Acts 10:30-32).
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So, Peter arrived in Cæsarea and went to Cornelius’ home. He was a little hesitant to enter the home of a Gentile but did it anyway. Then he taught Cornelius and his household about Jesus and they were converted to God and baptized. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). This was an important advance in the work at that time. Peter and the apostles learned that God loves everyone regardless of their heritage or nationality.
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