I. Cornelius was a good man
A. He was devout (Luke 10:25-28; 9:23-25)
B. He was reverent (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Psalm 36:1-4)
C. He was a leader in his home (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
D. He was generous (Leviticus 19:9-10; Galatians 6:10)
E. He was a praying man (James 5:16)
II. Cornelius was a lost man
A. He needed to be told what he “must do” (Acts 10:3-8)
B. Peter brought the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:28-29, 34-35, 42-43; 1:8; 2:39)
C. God showed the acceptability of the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; Mark 16:20; Acts 10:47-48)
III. The Jewish response
A. Initial backlash (Acts 11:1-3)
B. Peter’s defense: “at the beginning” (Acts 11:15, 17)
C. God was glorified (Acts 11:18; Galatians 3:28)
Day 34/260: Read Acts 10
“In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” The King James Version reads, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”
In short, God doesn’t care where someone works. He doesn’t care what color someone’s skin is. He doesn’t care how much a man has in the bank, or how big his house is, or what kind of car he drives.
God is no respecter of persons, and God’s children should follow His lead. Racism and classism are sinful attitudes and must be rejected by God’s people.
Children often sing about Jesus’ love for all:
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
May we all develop the same innocence and love and show no partiality in our dealings with God’s creation.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Acts 8:12. But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the _______________ of _______________ and the name of _______________ _______________, both men and women were baptized.
Pray for understanding toward those who are different than you. Pray for tolerance without compromising the truth.