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Acts 10:34-48

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all-that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, evento us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.

And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Then Peter answered, "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Another powerful statement by Peter, which hinges upon that powerful little phrase, all things. We, who are the grafted in Gentiles, need to be carrying that gift to the Jews with hearts that are overflowing with gratitude.

Why is it that we rarely hear a sermon preached that is directed towards this responsibility?

There is another point that just struck me as I was uploading and editing this passage.  Where was the alter call? Could we legimately conclude that the Spirit knew that these Gentiles did believe in their hearts. At times, we put so much emphasis on the alter call and the concession with the mouth, that we ignore the transformation of the heart. But the Holy Spirit knew and responded.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 104, Noon Psalm 119:113-120, Evening Psalm 55

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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