Gospel Expansion

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Today's reading: Acts 10:24-48

Prior to Peter's encounter with Cornelius, the apostles' preaching about Jesus had only been directed toward the Jews. So Peter's communicating the Gospel message to Cornelius and his friends (all non-Jews) was a significant shift from the norm. And what an incredible change, because from this point forward, the preaching of the Gospel message is now being delivered far and wide to all people. As a non-Jew, I love this passage reading about the immediate impact it had on Cornelius and his friends. I am grateful for how the salvation message has transformed the lives of millions of people since Cornelius, and continues with each passing day.

What did God impress on your heart from Acts 10 and the account of Cornelius? What do Peter's words in verse 43, "that everyone who believes in [Jesus] receives forgiveness of sins through his name," show you about God and His love for you? Tami

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The account in Acts 10 reinforces God's love for mankind. God loves everyone and is not discriminatory. He wants everyone to hear His word and get to know Him, and will use whoever and whatever means are available. For the Christian, we must learn from what we read about God and try to imitate His ways. The passage shows the importance of obeying God's requests and commands; being willing to do as he says no matter how inconvenient or unpalatable the task might appear to be. We have to be ready and grounded in the word so that we can share His word effectively.

Verse 43 also emphasizes God's love for mankind. He is ready to forgive our sins and receive anyone who believes in Him and comes to Him. The choice is however ours. He loves us and demonstrated that love through the death of Jesus His son. He wants us to love Him back in return. But He does not force us to do so.

God will go to incredible lengths to reach people who earnestly seek Him. This was a major, major action on Peter's part, more so than we're really able to comprehend. But, His obedience to God in carrying out His instructions was used by God to have a significant, lasting impact.

It's a concise summary of the gospel, pointing to God's grace. And we gentiles are all descendants of this moment!

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