- Acts 10:19-24
- Acts 10:19 (KJB)
- While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold,
three men seek thee.
- Peter had still tried to come to an understanding as to what the vision
meant. He was trying to find a meaning in his own mind. While he was
pondering the vision, the Holy Spirit spoke to him and told him that there
are three men who are looking for him. If the Spirit did not tell him, he
might have stayed up there the rest of the day trying to find out what it
- Acts 10:20 (KJB)
- Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing:
for I have sent them.
- Here Peter is given a command that he is to come down from the roof and
that he is to go with them. He is being assured that it was the Lord who had
sent them even though it was Cornelius who dispatched them. He assured Peter
that he was to go with them without any apprehension because the Lord was
the one who orchestrated this visit. It is also quite interesting that the
word “nothing” is in the Cardinal form. The Cardinal form is a number form
which is stated in English as one, two, three, four, etc. It states a
specific number or amount. Peter is told by the Lord to doubt “nothing” that
is, do not doubt even one aspect of the entire matter, in other words, He is
telling Peter to have total faith without any wavering.
- Acts 10:21 (KJB)
- 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?
- Peter then rose up in obedience to the vision and went downstairs to
meet the men who had come to see him. He told them that he was the person
whom they were looking for. Even though Peter had already been given his
marching orders to go with these men without hesitation or doubt, he gave
these men the opportunity to explain their mission. Basically, he was giving
them a chance to give their testimony and the testimony of Cornelius.
- Acts 10:22 (KJB)
- 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 holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of
- They responded to Peter by giving a short resumé about Cornelius. First
of all they stated he was a just man, that is, he was law abiding, and
righteous who not only adhered to the laws of the land, but also recognizing
the fact of the sovereignty of God. It also implies that he was honest and
even merciful. Then they stated that he feared God. He had rejected the
pantheon of the Roman gods and knew the true God of Heaven. He had known the
writings of the Hebrew Scriptures and showed reverence and respect for God.
Then he is said to have a good report of all the Jews and that report was
known in all the nation. Cornelius was stationed at Caesarea at present but
no doubt previously in other parts of the land too. He probably gave to the
poor and since he believed in the true God, He acted properly towards the
people and not like a barbarian. They then went on to state that he received
a vision from a holy angel and was told only to dispatch men to seek Peter
out and to bring him to Cornelius for the purpose of hearing what Peter
would have to tell him.
- Acts 10:23 (KJB)
- Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter
went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
- So Peter had asked them into the house and they lodged there until the
next day when they would be fresher and would get a good start on the day.
The next day, Peter had accompanied them and also a few men from Joppa had
gone with them. It seemed Peter learned the meaning of the vision because he
accepted them into the house and did not see them as unclean and defiling
the house which would have been the case under Judaism. The reason that the
men from Joppa went with them was for the purpose of testimony as Peter
would probably be questioned as to why he had Gentiles in his house. This
way Peter could report to the brethren that Cornelius was also a believer
and one of them by reason of the fact that the Lord stated the Gospel would
be preached to both Jews and Gentiles. It was six men which Peter took from
Joppa. (Acts 11:12 KJV) And the Spirit bade me go with them,
nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered
into the man's house:
- Acts 10:24 (KJB)
- And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited
for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
- The next day, the company of ten men had arrived in Joppa and went to
the house of Cornelius where he had called together both family and friends.
Just as he had shared his material goods with the people, he also wanted to
share with them the spiritual blessings which God would bring through Peter.
He probably told his guests about the angel who appeared to him in a vision
and probably some of them had become saved or were about to as Peter was
going to teach them that true salvation comes only through the Lord Jesus
Christ. Just as Andrew had come to get his brother Peter to meet the Lord
Jesus for the first time, Cornelius did the same thing by gathering his
family and friends for the arrival of Peter.