One In The Spirit

Then Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak (257).  “Now I understand that God truly will be friends, not only with Jews who honor him by living righteously.  God truly will be friends, also with non-Jews who honor him by living righteously.

“You all know that God sent his son Jesus to make peace between the Jews & God.   This was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John the Baptizer preached.  God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit & with power; he went about doing good & healing all who were oppressed by evil spirits.

“We are witnesses of all the things which Jesus did.  We saw him executed in Jerusalem by hanging on a cross.  We also saw Jesus after God raised him from death; we even ate & drank with him at that time.

“Jesus has commanded us to proclaim that he has been ordained by God to judge all people – both the living & the dead. And the prophets have testified that whoever believes in Jesus will receive forgiveness of their sins.”

The Gentiles (non-Jews)  in the house of Cornelius were trying to apply Peter’s message to themselves, even as Peter was speaking.

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Suddenly, the Holy Spirit invaded their hearts & lives!  As with the Jews on the day of Pentecost, these Gentiles now began to testify of Jesus & praise God in many languages!

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The Jewish Christians who had come with Peter were astonished that God would give his Holy Spirit to Gentiles!  The same Spirit then prompted Peter to encourage his companions: “Surely we must baptize these Gentiles, who have received God’s Holy Spirit exactly as we did.”

Then Peter baptized them all in the name of Jesus. Afterwards, Peter remained with Cornelius & his family & friends for a few days.

 

(257) Acts 10:34-48