Having arrived at Cornelius’s house in Caesarea, Peter now begins to preach the Gospel to Cornelius’s household. He begins by defending his actions in sharing this message with the Gentiles - reflecting on the fact that God does not show partiality in His dealings with men. He then preaches the Word to the Gentiles there, building on the knowledge of Christ that Cornelius’s household already had and then moving to facts that they may have been less familiar with but that were essential to the Gospel (e.g. the resurrection). Through the sermon that Peter delivers, the Holy Spirit then came upon the Gentiles as He had upon the Jews on the Day of Pentecost, granting them salvation.

We draw out useful points of application throughout this account, and are further encouraged to seek God for the infilling of His Holy Spirit as we seek to serve Him here.

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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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