2nd Sunday in July
And opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is
not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what
is right, is welcome to Him. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching
peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)--you yourselves know the thing which
took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which
"You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with
power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the
devil; for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all the things He did both
in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And they also put Him to death by hanging
Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day, and granted that He should become
visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God,
that is, to us, who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He
ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One
who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.
"Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes
in Him receives forgiveness of sins."
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those
who were listening to the message. And all the circumcised believers who had come
with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out
upon the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting
Then Peter answered, "Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized
who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?" And he ordered them to
be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few
days. Acts 10:34-48 (NAS)
Peter says that God shows no partiality...no matter what nation the person comes
from (no matter the race or color)...the man who "______ Him" and "does what is
_______" is welcome to God.
In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit was poured out for the first time primarily on the Jews
in Jerusalem. In Acts 10, the Holy Spirit was poured out in a similar fashion on
the Gentiles (the non-Jews). After these two miraculous events, what did Peter
require (see Acts 2:37-38, and Acts 10:47-48)? He told them to do what in Jesus'
Suggested Bible Reading for Month:
July 1-7:New Testament -- Acts 7:1 - Acts 9:43. Old Testament -- 2 Chronicles 18
- 2 Chronicles 34.
July 8-14: New Testament -- Acts 10:1 - Acts 14:28. Old Testament -- 2 Chronicles
35 - Nehemiah 5.
July 15-21: New Testament -- Acts 15:1 - Acts 18:28. Old Testament -- Nehemiah 6
- Esther 10.
July 22-31: New Testament -- Acts 19:1 - Acts 24:27. Old Testament -- Job 1 - Job
Peter began to speak: "I really understand now that to God every person is the same.
And God accepts any person who worships him and does what is right. It is not important
what country a person comes from. God has spoken to the Jewish people. God sent
them the Good News that peace has come through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lord (Ruler)
of all people! You know what has happened all over Judea. It began in Galilee after
John told the people they needed to be baptized.
"You know about Jesus from Nazareth. God made him the Christ by giving him the Holy
Spirit and power. Jesus went everywhere doing good things for people. Jesus healed
the people that were ruled by the devil. This showed that God was with Jesus. We
saw all the things that Jesus did in Judea and in Jerusalem. We are witnesses.
But Jesus was killed. They put him on a cross made of wood. But, on the third day
[after his death], God raised Jesus to life! God let people see Jesus clearly. But
Jesus was not seen by all the people. Only the witnesses that God had already chosen
saw him. We are those witnesses! We ate and drank with Jesus after he was raised
from death. Jesus told us to go and speak to the people. He told us to tell them
that he is the One that God chose to be the Judge of all people that are living
and all people that have died.
"Every person who believes (trusts) in Jesus will be forgiven. God will forgive
the sins of that person through the name of Jesus. All the prophets say this is
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down on all those
people who were listening to his speech. The Jewish believers who came with Peter
were amazed. They were amazed that the Holy Spirit was poured out (given) to the
non-Jewish people too. These Jewish believers heard them speaking different languages
and praising God.
Then Peter said, "We cannot refuse to allow these people to be baptized in water.
They have received the Holy Spirit the same as we did!" So Peter commanded that
Cornelius and his relatives and friends be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then the people asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. Acts 10:34-48 (ERV)
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