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1 Apostle Ronald C Hill Sr.
Studies in Book of Acts Chapter 10:9-48 Apostle Ronald C Hill Sr. January 11-14, 2012 Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

2 Studies in Acts A. Cornelius was among a group known as “God Fearers” who was so prevalent in the first century. These were Gentiles who were not prepared to enter into the Jewish community Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

3 Studies in Acts A. as proselytes but were attracted to the morality and ethical standards of the monotheistic Jewish religion. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

4 Studies in Acts B. Cornelius attended the synagogue services and he was greatly knowledgeable in the practices of the Jewish religion. Hence, Cornelius gave much alms and prayed to God always. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

5 Studies in Acts C. One day Cornelius had a vision of an angel of God coming to him with a vital message. At first he was afraid, but then was assured that God had looked upon his alms giving and prayers Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

6 Studies in Acts C. with favor. Cornelius was given instructions as to what he was to do. He was told to send men to Joppa and have them call for and invite Peter to come to Caesarea. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

7 1. The city of Caesarea was a major seaport city of New Testament Palestine. It was located some distance up the coast from Joppa. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

8 Acts 9:40 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. [openly] Greek: emphanes (GSN-1717), to be openly seen by all present. Used only here and in Romans 10:20. He did not appear to the ungodly multitude that slew Him. He did not make a show of Himself and gloat before His enemies that their crucifixion did not profit them in getting rid of Him.

9 Acts 9:41 41  And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. [openly] Greek: emphanes (GSN-1717), to be openly seen by all present. Used only here and in Romans 10:20. He did not appear to the ungodly multitude that slew Him. He did not make a show of Himself and gloat before His enemies that their crucifixion did not profit them in getting rid of Him.

10 Acts 9:42 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. Peter is talking to a Gentile group, he is opening the door to them! Many prophets had messianic prophecies, but only a few of them (e.g., Isaiah 53) directly connected the Messiah and the forgiveness of sins. Peter probably means this in a general sense: all the prophets testify of forgiveness through God’s grace, which will be provided in the time of the Messiah (c.f., e.g., Jeremiah 23:5-6). Peter made it clear that Christ’s ministry results either in judgment (v. 42) or salvation (v. 43). The key phrase is, Everyone who believes in Him. This Greek construction consists of a present participle with an article, which is almost the equivalent of a noun (in this case “every believer in Him”). The key element in salvation is faith, belief in Christ. This message of forgiveness of sins (cf. 2:38; 5:31; 13:38; 26:18) through faith in the Messiah was spoken of by the prophets (e.g., Isa. 53:11; Jer. 31:34; Ezek. 36:25-26). v. verse cf. confer, compare e.g. exempli gratia, for example

11 Acts 9:43 43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner. Peter is talking to a Gentile group, he is opening the door to them! Many prophets had messianic prophecies, but only a few of them (e.g., Isaiah 53) directly connected the Messiah and the forgiveness of sins. Peter probably means this in a general sense: all the prophets testify of forgiveness through God’s grace, which will be provided in the time of the Messiah (c.f., e.g., Jeremiah 23:5-6). Peter made it clear that Christ’s ministry results either in judgment (v. 42) or salvation (v. 43). The key phrase is, Everyone who believes in Him. This Greek construction consists of a present participle with an article, which is almost the equivalent of a noun (in this case “every believer in Him”). The key element in salvation is faith, belief in Christ. This message of forgiveness of sins (cf. 2:38; 5:31; 13:38; 26:18) through faith in the Messiah was spoken of by the prophets (e.g., Isa. 53:11; Jer. 31:34; Ezek. 36:25-26). v. verse cf. confer, compare e.g. exempli gratia, for example

12 Studies in Acts D. After Peter had been used by God to raise Tabitha from the dead God led Peter to remain in Joppa with Simon “The Tamer”. God knew Peter’s next assignment would be near by. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

13 Peter’s Vision Studies in Acts E.
Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

14 Acts 10:9 9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray [sixth hour] This was 12:00 noon. It seems that this happened about dinner-time; for it appears that they were making ready, [morrow] Caesarea was about 35 miles north of Joppa and could not be reached in one day. Cornelius received the vision at 3:00 p.m. (Acts 10:3); so if they started on the journey shortly after that they would reach Peter by noon (cp. Acts 10:23-24). [trance] A state in which one seems to be unaware of his surroundings, focused only on the subject of the vision (Acts 10:11-16).

15 Acts 10:10 10  And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance. [sixth hour] This was 12:00 noon. It seems that this happened about dinner-time; for it appears that they were making ready, [morrow] Caesarea was about 35 miles north of Joppa and could not be reached in one day. Cornelius received the vision at 3:00 p.m. (Acts 10:3); so if they started on the journey shortly after that they would reach Peter by noon (cp. Acts 10:23-24). [trance] A state in which one seems to be unaware of his surroundings, focused only on the subject of the vision (Acts 10:11-16).

16 1. While staying at the home of Simon “The Tamer” in Joppa, Peter went up to the housetop to pray at mid-day. Houses at that time typically had flat roofs, enabling a person to escape the heat and for people to have some privacy and quiet time. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

17 2. Peter was praying and he was also hungry
2. Peter was praying and he was also hungry. In effect Peter was praying and fasting just before he received the vision from God. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

18 3. God had to give Peter a vision because he was preparing Peter to overcome the prejudice spirit Peter and all the Jew had against the Gentiles. During that period of time the Jews referred to the Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

19 3. Gentiles as dogs, and considered them to be unclean, and would have little to do with them. No Orthodox Jew would enter the house of Gentile, much less sit down at his table to eat. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

20 Acts 10:11-16 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

21 Acts 10:12 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

22 Acts 10:13 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” Literally, sacrifice and eat. Though this verb is sometimes used to signify the slaying of animals for food, yet, as the proper notion is to slay for the purpose of sacrifice. [common or unclean] Defiled and forbidden by the law (Mark 7:2; Leviticus 11; Deut. 14). Food may have been his first consideration, it was lunchtime, but Peter would soon understand the greater message. The vision was a sign from heaven that Jews were no longer to call Gentiles unclean. From that point on, these two groups would be on equal footing before the Father. God was breaking down Peter’s prejudices

23 Acts 10:14 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

24 Acts 10:15 15 And the voice came
to him again a second time, “What God Has made clean, do not call common.” Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

25 Acts 10:16 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

26 Studies in Acts F. Both Cornelius and Simon Peter had a vision paving the way for their meeting. Peter’s vision came the day after that of Cornelius. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

27 1. While praying and waiting for lunch to be prepared, Peter fell into a trance. In this trance Peter saw the heaven open and a vessel descending unto him that appeared to be a great sheet knit at the four corners. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

28 2. This huge sheet was being lowered from heaven, and inside were all manner of four-footed beasts and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

29 3. The Jews had strict regulations about what could be eaten, and Peter had never eaten what a Jew considered an unclean animal. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

30 4. After God had shown Peter the vision three times he convinced Peter that no human being should be considered clean or unclean. Peter then came to recognize that Jesus Christ had died for all people. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

31 Acts 10:17 17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

32 Acts 10:17 17 enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

33 Acts 10:18 18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

34 Acts 10:19 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

35 Studies in Acts G. God had timed the arrival of the men sent by Cornelius to coincide with the ending of the vision He had given Peter. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

36 Acts 10:20 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

37 Studies in Acts H. God informed Peter that three men were seeking for him and that he was to accompany them without any doubt about its legality. God also made it Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

38 Studies in Acts H. clear that it was He that had sent the men. God made it impossible for Peter to fail to follow His instructions. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

39 Acts 10:21 21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

40 Acts 10:22 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

41 Acts 10:22 22 holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

42 Studies in Acts I. Directed by the Holy Spirit, Peter went down from the housetop to greet them. Peter acknowledged that he was the man they were seeking. He then asked the three men the purpose for their seeking him. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

43 1. The servants of Cornelius paid high tribute to their master as a just man, one who fear God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews. They said he had been instructed by a holy angel to send for Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

44 1. Peter to come to his house; and that he would hear words from Peter.
Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

45 Acts 10:23 23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

46 Acts 10:24 24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

47 Studies in Acts J. The fact that Peter invited the Gentiles to be guest in the home of a Jew is a clear indication that he had gotten victory over any discrimination he had against Gentiles. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

48 1. The following day Peter took some of the brethren from Joppa with him and they went to the home of Cornelius. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

49 2. When Peter and the group arrived at Caesarea Cornelius was waiting and expecting them. He also demonstrated his love for his relatives and intimate friends by inviting them into his home. He was expecting to receive a Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

50 2. blessing from God and he wanted the people he loved to be blessed also.
Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

51 What a great ingathering of souls would take place if every person in the church would bring their relatives and friends to the house of the Lord. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

52 Acts 10:25 25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

53 Acts 10:26 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

54 Studies in Acts K. In these two verses we are allowed to witness the humility of both Cornelius and Peter. When Peter arrived the centurion who was a captain leader over Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

55 Studies in Acts K. an Italian Regiment humbled himself and fell down at the feet of Peter. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

56 1. Cornelius was willing to honor the man that was representing God
1. Cornelius was willing to honor the man that was representing God. Although no one should bow down to another man but I do believe it is of God for the people of God to show respect for the leaders God has placed over them. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

57 2. Peter revealed his humility by forbidding the Centurion to kneel before him. The apostle refused such worship, protesting that he was only a man himself. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

58 It would be fitting if the leaders of God’s people today would stop allowing God’s people to worship them instead of God. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

59 Acts 10:27 27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

60 Acts 10:28 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

61 Acts 10:28 28 shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

62 Acts 10:29 29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

63 Studies in Acts L. Finding a crowd assembled inside the house, Peter explained that as a Jew he would not ordinarily have come into a Gentile house like this one. Peter then shared that God had revealed Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

64 Studies in Acts L. to him that he should no longer think of the Gentiles as being unclean or untouchable. Then he asked for the reason they had sent for him. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

65 Acts 10:30 30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

66 Acts 10:31 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

67 Acts 10:32 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

68 Acts 10:33 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

69 Studies in Acts M. In answer to the apostle’s question Cornelius described the vision he had seen four days before. He said “Four days ago I was fasting and praying before the Lord”. He saw a man standing before Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

70 Studies in Acts M. him. The angel said his prayers and giving, was known by God. The angel also instructed him to send for Peter. He said “I at once sent for you and that now we are Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

71 Studies in Acts M. here to listen to all that you have been instructed by the Lord to say”. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

72 Studies in Acts M. here to listen to all that you have been instructed by the Lord to say”. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

73 Ironically, both Peter and Cornelius were fasting and praying before they received their vision.
Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

74 Acts 10:34 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

75 Acts 10:35 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

76 Studies in Acts N. Peter prefaced his message with a frank admission. That up to that point he had believed that God’s favor was limited to the nation of Israel. Now he realized that God did not Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

77 Studies in Acts N. respect a man’s person because of nationality but was interested in an honest, contrite heart, whether in a Jew or a Gentile. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

78 1. The animosity toward Gentiles and the believability that Gentiles could even be saved, doesn’t appear at all to enter into Peter’s speech. What was once impossible is now possible. What was Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

79 1. once unacceptable is now, by the grace of God, acceptable
1. once unacceptable is now, by  the grace of God, acceptable. Peter understood clearly that Gentiles may actually be saved in the same way that Jews have been save. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

80 Acts 10:36 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

81 Studies in Acts O Peter now informed his hearers that although the gospel message was sent to the Jews first, yet Jesus Christ is Lord of all Gentiles as well as Jews. Peter at this point expresses that fact that they Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

82 Studies in Acts O had already heard the word that had been proclaimed throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee. Peter states that this message started after the baptism that was preached by John. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

83 Acts 10:38 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

84 Studies in Acts P Peter now states that the ministry of the Lord Jesus was not only approved by God, the Father and God the Holy Spirit, but was accompanied by signs of doing good and healing all that were harassed and Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

85 Studies in Acts P oppressed by the power of the devil for God was with Him. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

86 Acts 10:39 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

87 Acts 10:40 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

88 Acts 10:41 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

89 Studies in Acts Q The disciples were witnesses to the powerful ministry of Jesus and a witness to His death on the cross. They were also witnesses of His resurrection from the dead. Peter stated Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

90 Studies in Acts Q that God had raised Jesus from the dead to be plainly seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by those whom He had designated beforehand. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

91 1. Peter confirmed in more detail that the apostles knew Jesus was raised from the dead by informing them that they ate and drank with Him after He was raised from the dead. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

92 Acts 10:42 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

93 Studies in Acts R After the resurrection, the Lord commissioned the apostles to proclaim Him as Judge of the living and the dead. This means, of course, that as son of man He will judge Jews and Gentiles alike. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

94 St. John 5:22 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

95 Acts 10:43 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

96 Studies in Acts S . Peter does not linger on a note of judgment. Instead he introduces a grand statement of evangelical truth. He explained how the judgment of God could be avoided. He says all the Old Testament Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

97 Studies in Acts S . prophets had taught, whoever believes in the name of the messiah will receive remission (forgiveness) of their sins through Christ. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

98 Acts 10:44 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

99 Studies in Acts T . The Holy Ghost was poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still preaching the word of God. They were all baptized in the Holy Ghost and began to speak with tongues and to give God the praise. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

100 Acts 10:45 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

101 Acts 10:46 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

102 Studies in Acts U . The believers from among the circumcised Jews who came with Peter was surprised and amazed because the free gift of the Holy Spirit had been given to the Gentiles. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

103 1. They were convinced they were filled with the Holy Spirit because they heard them speaking in tongues. Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

104 Acts 10:47 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

105 Acts 10:48 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. Perhaps intended to be an emblem of the whole world and its various nations, to the four corners of which the Gospel was to extend, and to offer its blessings to all the inhabitants, without distinction of nation, etc. Four often represents the whole world in other scriptures, common expressions we hear are the four compass points, from where the four winds blow, four seasons, and others. According to Jewish law, certain foods were forbidden to be eaten (see Leviticus 11). The food laws made it difficult for Jews to eat with Gentiles without risking defilement. In fact, the Gentiles themselves were often seen as “unclean.” Notice that there were all manner of beasts, all kinds of birds, and all kinds of bugs, however also notice that there was nothing from the sea which is full of unclean things.

106 Studies in Acts V . Peter recognized that as they have received the outward manifestation of the spirit of God in their hearts, it is also necessary for them to show the world that they have identified with the death, burial, Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

107 Studies in Acts V . and resurrection of the Lord Jesus by being baptized in water. Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”

108 1. It does not appear that Peter baptized these new converts in water himself.
Conversion of Saul of Tarsus (son of Noah’s son Shem) The three accounts of Paul’s conversion in Acts display some differences (Acts 9, Acts 22, Acts 26; all fit the accounts in his letters). Classical literature often reports messages given to messengers and then repeats them verbatim on their delivery. Fortunately, rhetorical style by Luke’s day preferred variation, which makes the repeated narratives much less repetitious, hence more interesting to read.

109 Notes available online
Studies in Acts Notes available online For download Remember that Paul had been in Caesarea (Acts 9:30) and probably some of the other apostles had been preaching the gospel along the coast. Tel Aviv is really a part of old Joppa. As one travels up the coast from Joppa, the next place of any size is Caesarea, which was really a Roman city. It was the place where Pilate lived. The governor and those who ruled the land stayed there. This is where Cornelius was stationed. He was a centurion, which means he was a commander of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army. The Italian band was a cohort of Roman soldiers recruited in Italy. “Godly” but not a proselyte: he was outside the covenant. A person who worships the true God, and is no idolater. With all his house—He took care to instruct his family in the knowledge which he himself had received; and to establish the worship of God in his house.  Gave much alms—His love to God led him to love men; and this love proved its sincerity by acts of giving and charity. A “God-fearer.” Greek phoboumenos ton theon, “one who fears God,”


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