Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

Acts 10:37-11:18
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: Acts 10:37-39
vs37-39: Having declared the meaning of the vision he had seen earlier, Peter began to preach. He said, “You know the proclamation which took place throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John announced: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He was the one who went from place to place doing good works and healing all those being oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all the things which He did both among the Jews who live in the countryside and in Jerusalem. Indeed they killed Him by hanging Him on a wooden stake” (Ac 5:30; 13:27-29).

Monday: Acts 10:40-43
vs40-43: “This is the one God raised on the third day and gave Him (as a gift) to become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were selected (hand-picked) by God beforehand, to us who ate and drank with Him after His resurrection from among the dead. And He commanded us to proclaim to the people and to thoroughly testify that this is the One who has been designated by God as judge of the living and the dead. To this one all the prophets bear witness that through His name every one believing in Him received forgiveness of sins.”

Tuesday: Acts 10:44
v44: Then Luke says, “Yet while Peter was still speaking these words the Holy Spirit fell upon all the ones who were listening to the message.” This statement would play a critical role in future discussions about what took place in Cornelius’ home. The fact is Peter did nothing more than present a few basic statements about Christ, and then while he was still talking God acted unilaterally. Peter could not be held responsible for what happened. He did not lay hands on anyone or coach any sort of behavior.

Wednesday: Acts 10:45
v45: In this verse Luke uses a term which gives us an important insight into the six men from Joppa (Ac 11:12) who accompanied Peter to Caesarea. He calls them “the faithful of the circumcision.” Later on he uses a similar term, “those from the circumcision” (Also: Ro 4:9-12; Gal 2:12; 5:6; Eph 2:11; Php 3:2, 3; Col 4:11; Titus 1:10). This is a phrase which had come into use by the time Luke wrote Acts. It referred to a particular group of Jewish Christians who believed that a Gentile had to become a Jew before becoming a Christian (Ac 15:1) (J. Rawson Lumbly, The Acts of The Apostles, in Cambridge Greek Testament, J.J.S. Peroune, ed. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1904, p.222). He says that “all those who had come with Peter were so shocked that they were beside themselves because the gift of the Holy Spirit had also been poured out upon the nations (Gentiles).

Thursday: Acts 10:46-11:1
vs46-48: “For they heard them speaking in tongues and magnifying God.” Then Peter answered: “‘Can anyone prevent these who have received the Holy Spirit, just as we also received Him, from entering into the water to be baptized?’ And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain with them for awhile” (paraphrase). v11:1: And the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles (nations) received the word of God.”

Friday: Acts 11:2-14
vs2-3: “And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those from the circumcision (the ones loyal to circumcision) judged him saying, ‘You went inside the homes of men who are not circumcised and you ate with them!’” v4: Peter’s defense was to carefully retell everything that happened in order to let them see that God had made His will known in the matter. Starting with his vision on Simon’s rooftop he rehearsed the entire sequence of events. He retold his vision (vs5-10), the arrival of messengers from Cornelius (v11), the Spirit’s command to accompany them to Caesarea (v12), and Cornelius’ encounter with the angel (vs13-14).

Saturday: Acts 11:14-18
v14: In this retelling of the event he is more specific about what the angel said to Cornelius. We discover the angel told Cornelius that Peter would bring “words by which you may be saved, you and all your household.” v15: Again, Peter emphasized that he could not be held responsible for what had happened. God had stepped in and performed a miracle. “And as I began to speak the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as also upon us in the beginning.” The same gift that was given at Pentecost had been given to these Romans. v16: “And I remembered the Lord’s statement, how he used to say, ‘John indeed baptized into water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.’” v17: Then Peter explained why he had ordered them to be baptized in water. “Therefore if God gave them the same (equal) gift as to us, having believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?” v18: “And hearing these things they became silent and glorified God saying, “Then God also gave to the nations the repentance (that leads) to life.” 

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