- Acts 10:31-36
- Acts 10:31 (KJB)
- And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in
remembrance in the sight of God.
- The word for “angel” in the Greek also means “messenger.” This angel in
white clothing had a message for Cornelius. The angel had assured him that
his prayers had been heard by God and that all the alms which were gracious
and merciful acts toward those who were poor were remembered in the sight of
God. There is a modern saying which unfortunately holds much truth and that
is, “no good deed ever goes unpunished.” Just the opposite in the Kingdom of
God, no good deed done to the Glory of God is ever forgotten.
(Heb 6:10 KJV) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour
of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister. Whatever Cornelius was
praying about, God was now assuring him that he would soon receive a fitting
answer to his prayers. Cornelius was not just one who prayed and did
nothing, or one who did all kinds of work but never prayed. He was a man who
did both to the Glory of God and now God is going to do something in his
life. This verse teaches us that any good works which we do in the Kingdom
of God which are bathed in prayer, will receive a response from God.
- Acts 10:32 (KJB)
- 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.
- Cornelius then goes on to repeat the command which he received in
sending for Peter. This would have been a confirmation to Peter that this
whole meeting was ordained of the Lord. For how would Cornelius know that
Peter was staying in Simon’s home 30 miles north of him unless it was of
divine origin? This was also confirmation of the timing of the visions both
of them had and why the meeting was able to come together so quickly.
- Acts 10:33 (KJB)
- 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.
- Cornelius then tells Peter and all the guests that as soon as he
received the instructions, he immediately sent for Peter. Now he tells him
that he is pleased that Peter has responded to his request and came. Then he
tells Peter that all those who have assembled are desirous to hear what God
has commanded Peter to say unto those present. The Greek text is implying
that Peter was about to tell them some established or unchangeable truths
which were fixed by God.
- Acts 10:34 (KJB)
- Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that
God is no respecter of persons:
- Respecter - One who shows partiality
- For many years as a practicing Jew, he would have avoided anyone or any
race which was regarded as unclean. Within the last two days, Peter has
learned a major lesson concerning that mindset. God is not a respecter of
persons in that He is going to save people out of every tongue, nation, and
people. (Rev 5:9 KJV) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art
worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain,
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue,
and people, and nation; Peter knew the words that
Jesus spoke to them that the gospel would be preached throughout the whole
world and that would mean to every Gentile nation in the world. Closer to
home, Peter now understands fully that the Gospel is not one of prejudice
and he needed to lose the life long prejudice that was built up in him
because he would now have to deal with Christians of other races.
- Acts 10:35 (KJB)
- But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is
accepted with him.
- Peter now admits that no matter what nation a person is in, if they fear
God and do works of righteousness they will be accepted by Him. The Gospel
is not limited to Israel but now will go the whole world. We must qualify
this verse because some may take it out of its true meaning. There are many
cults and false religions today who believe they can do good works and be
accepted by God. These same religions reject Christ and the true way of
salvation. Those who are in Christ, who have become saved, fear God in the
right way and do the works of righteousness which God prepared for every
believer. (Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should
walk in them. Just fearing God and doing works of
righteousness will not gain anyone Heaven because that would constitute a
works Gospel. Salvation comes only through Christ minus any type of works.
Peter then goes on in the next verse and speaks about the true way of
- Acts 10:36 (KJB)
- The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
- Preaching - Announcing the Good News
- Peter now tells the group that the word or message which He had declared
unto the nation of Israel was the announcing of the good news through the
Lord Jesus Christ. There are two major principles (among others) concerning
the peace of the Gospel. First of all, we have peace with God.
(Rom 5:1 KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ: The war is now over
between the Believer and God. We are now reconciled unto Him through the
blood of the Lord Jesus Christ through which our reconciliation is made
complete. (Col 1:20 KJV) And, having made peace through the blood
of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say,
whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
The second aspect of the Gospel of Peace is that it makes peace of different
ethnic groups. (Eph 2:14 KJV) For he is our peace, who hath made
both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
There is no longer any racial divides in the Kingdom of
God. No matter what race a person is from, if they have become saved through
the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no more partition between them. Peter now
refocuses their attention to the Lord Jesus Christ and only through Him can
salvation be attained. Peter now tells them that Christ is Lord of all and
with the peace that comes, the promises of God are also included with that
Gospel. (2 Cor 1:20 KJV) For all the promises of God in him are
yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
As a child of God, the promises of God belong to us.