February 28, 2018
Read Acts 10:24-48
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Scripture- Acts 10:47-48- Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.
Observations- Before Peter could even finish his message about the Good News, the Holy Spirit interrupted and fell upon Cornelius and all of the other Gentiles gathered together. All doubts that might have still lingered for Peter about whether or not this was consistent with what the Old Testament pointed to and what Jesus had proclaimed were erased.
Application- Perhaps Peter remembered the words spoken by Jesus: "The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) One thing was for sure the barrier between Jew and Gentile would no longer be significant in sharing the Good News. All barriers fade away in the light of abiding faith and genuine repentance: "...everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” (vs 43b) Are you holding onto barriers God has already broken down?
Prayer- Loving and gracious God, I am Your child, but still I often turn my back on Your love and I set up barriers for others You have already torn down. Please receive my sorrow and repentance and help me be free of my own small mindedness. As I journey through Lent, let me remember and give thanks that I am grafted into Your family through Christ and prepare me to live in the light of the resurrection always. Amen.
"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26-28),
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