The gospel of the resurrected Christ was first proclaimed to the Jews in Jerusalem and Judea, and then reached the Samaritan people. This crucial chapter records the first reception of the gospel among the Gentiles and marks the decisive point where Jews and Gentiles both become members of one body in Christ.
The Roman centurion Cornelius was a God-fearing man whose prayers and alms led to an angelic visitation in which he was instructed to dispatch men to Joppa to send for Peter. Meanwhile, Peter received three visions that prepared him to go willingly with the messengers to the house of Cornelius where he proclaimed that everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins. The Spirit of God came upon these Gentiles and they were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
READING of ACTS 10
Lord, the abundance of Your mercy and grace is available to everyone who seeks You. I acknowledge that Jesus is the Judge of the living and the dead, and that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.
Meditation passage for today: verses 15, 34-35, 42-43
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