As Cornelius’s servants approach, Peter is in prayer on the roof at around midday. The Lord sends him a vision in order to show him he must not be bigoted against the Gentiles to whom he is about to be sent to preach. We see:

  • The vision that was given to Peter as he prayed. We note in passing that both Cornelius and Peter were given direction from the Lord as they prayed. The importance of prayer for the believer is underlined.
  • The reception Peter gave to the servants of Cornelius. We are reminded that we should receive those who are truly brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter what they may have done before coming to the Lord. If He has cleansed them, we are not to regard them as ‘unclean’.

We rejoice once again to see the Lord including Gentiles in His church, breaking down the middle wall of hostility and making one new man of the two (Jews and Gentiles).

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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