- Acts 10:13-18
- Acts 10:13 (KJB)
- And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
- Peter was no doubt looking at what was on that sheet and then the
command came to Peter to kill and eat. Both words “kill” and “eat” are in
the Imperative mood making it a command. God knew that on that sheet was
everything which was considered unclean under the law because after all, it
was God who gave the law. Peter might have thought this to be a test, to see
if he would be obedient to the law. Peter should have also known that God
would not tempt him to sin against Him. (James 1:13 KJV) Let no
man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted
with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
- Acts 10:14 (KJB)
- But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is
common or unclean.
- Peter had known that he was speaking directly to the Lord but just as
those under the law, he was more obedient to the Law than he was to the
voice of the Lord. He refused to eat anything on that sheet because he was
obeying the Law. Peter did not eat anything unclean yet he was in Samaria
with those who were considered unclean by the Jews. They had become saved
but they were still circumcised under the law, so that would have been a way
they would have been accepted. The idea that one needed circumcision to be
saved was to become a major issue in the early church. In fact, the entire
book of Galatians was dedicated to the Law versus Grace debate. Peter was
not yet understanding what really happened at the cross, that Christ took
sinners and made them clean before God.
- Acts 10:15 (KJB)
- And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common.
- Cleansed - Cleaned or purified
- Peter then hears the response to his words that God has now considered
these animals cleansed, that is, there is no longer any penalty under the
law for eating these animals. God has now declared them to be clean. God was
teaching Peter that the cross had changed everything and that included the
dietary laws found in the Pentateuch. The voice from Heaven was now just as
emphatic as the first time. The words “thou common” is in the Imperative
mood making it a command. There is a major principle being revealed here.
(2 Cor 5:16 KJV) Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the
flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth
know we him no more. Just as these visible animals
were no longer unclean because of Calvary, every person who becomes saved
through the Lord Jesus Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, are cleansed in the
eyes of God and are not to be looked down upon or considered unclean. Christ
has removed the sins of the Believer and that makes their soul clean as if
they have never sinned, even though we still have the sin nature dwelling in
our flesh which continually harasses us. So those who have become saved that
had a very sinful past are now clean in the eyes of God and readied for
- Acts 10:16 (KJB)
- This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
- For further emphasis on this, it was done three times. Just like the
Lord asking Peter three times if he loved Him. We must have a little mercy
on Peter here because he had lived under the law all his life and that meant
it would take a little time and effort to make the living transition from
the law of Moses to the law of Grace.
- Acts 10:17 (KJB)
- 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 inquiry
for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
- Simultaneous with the end of the vision which Peter saw, the men whom
Cornelius dispatched were at the home of Simon. At this point Peter did not
know what the exact meaning of the vision meant but he did know one thing
that it was definitely symbolic of something. God’s timing of the vision was
to coincide with the arrival of the men so the vision would be fresh in
Peter’s mind and he would then be able to recollect the scenes of the
vision. Peter did not find meaning of the vision from his own thoughts but
he was about to see the practical meaning of it shortly.
- Acts 10:18 (KJB)
- And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.
- Called - Cry aloud, loudly call, or summon
- The three men had stopped at the gate and had called out to see if Peter
was still staying at Simon’s home. It is interesting to add that the sheet
was lowered three times in Peter’s vision and here there were three men who
were about to approach him. They called loudly to be heard by those inside
and it was apparent that no one came to the door immediately. This is also a
testimony to the godly personality of the Aide which Cornelius sent. If it
would have been an unsaved soldier, they would have just walked into the
house at will since they were occupying the land of Israel at this time.
Instead they called out and waited until they received a response.