Acts 11: Why did you do it? Why did you go in to visit uncircumcised men and eat with them?

Loved reading this telling of Peter and Cornelius this morning from Acts 11:

The apostles, and the brothers and sisters with them in Judaea, heard that the Gentiles had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who wanted to emphasize circumcision took issue with him.

‘Why did you do it?’ they asked. ‘Why did you go in to visit uncircumcised men and eat with them?’

So Peter began to explain it all, step by step.

‘I was in the town of Joppa’, he said, ‘and I was praying. I was in a trance, and I saw a vision: something like a great sail suspended by its four corners was let down from heaven, and came towards me. I stared at it, then I began to look in, and I saw four-footed land animals, wild beasts, reptiles and birds of the air. I heard a voice, saying to me, “Get up, Peter! Kill and eat!” “Certainly not, Lord,” I replied. “Nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth!” Then the voice came from heaven a second time: “What God made clean, you must not regard as common.” All this happened three times, and then the whole lot was drawn back up into heaven.

‘Just then, suddenly, three men appeared at the house where I was, sent to me from Caesarea. The spirit told me to go with them, without raising scrupulous objections. These six brothers also came with me, and we went into the man’s house. He told us that he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and fetch Simon called Peter, who will speak to you words by which you and all your house will be saved.” As I began to speak, the holy spirit fell on them, just as the spirit did on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word which the Lord had spoken: “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the holy spirit.”

‘So, then,’ Peter concluded, ‘if God gave them the same gift as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus the Messiah, who was I to stand in the way of God?’

When they heard this, they had nothing more to say. They praised God.

‘Well, then,’ they declared, ‘God has given the Gentiles, too, the repentance that leads to life!’

Acts 11:1-18, New Testament for Everyone

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