- Acts 11:11-15
- Acts 11:11 (KJB)
- And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the
house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
- (Acts 10:19 KJV) While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said
unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. While Peter
was still meditating on the vision, God had already dispatched three men
from the house of Cornelius. This also teaches us that God wastes no time.
Peter was receiving the vision and the dispatched men were already nearing
his home. When God calls a person to do something, they are to be ready to
move out. This is why the Bible always speaks about the believer being ready
and prepared. This is why it is necessary for the Christian to be
well-versed in the Scriptures. We need to be ready when we receive our
clarion call for a mission or our life’s ministry.
- Acts 11:12 (KJB)
- And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these
six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:
- The Holy Spirit then told Peter that he was to go along with them and he
was not to doubt anything because God was in control of the whole situation.
He was not to walk behind them or away from them but with them to fellowship
as they walked and maybe to witness to them. Peter also took six witnesses
with him so he would have corroboration of his story and would not be
accused of treason against his own people. The law stated that a good
witness was by two or three witnesses, here Peter doubled that number. So
the ten of them had left Joppa and went to Caesarea to the house of
- Acts 11:13 (KJB)
- And he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and
said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is
- Peter’s story was further corroborated by the fact that Cornelius told
him that an angel had stood in his house and told him to send to Joppa and
bring Peter. This was a definite angel visitation because he told Cornelius
exactly where Peter was staying. Cornelius would not have been able to
ascertain that information so quickly. This showed how God was leading this
meeting all the way.
- Acts 11:14 (KJB)
- Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be
- The angel not only told Cornelius where he would be able to find Peter
but also told him what message Peter was going to bring them when he
arrived. Cornelius and his family plus his friends would have known the
Hebrew Scriptures since he was one who had studied them and attended feasts.
Now they were going to learn the fulfilled meanings of those Scriptures and
the feasts. They were going to learn all about salvation though the Lord
Jesus Christ. Cornelius, with the rank of Centurion, would have definitely
known about Jesus and the events which happened in Jerusalem less than one
- Acts 11:15 (KJB)
- And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the
- (Mat 11:15 KJV) He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Martin Luther once told his hearers (paraphrasing) that “he can only get the
Gospel as far as their ears and beyond that it was the Holy Spirit who had
to apply it.” Peter could have spoke to these people for days and without
spiritual ears, they would not have understood. However, in this case as
soon as Peter started to speak, the Holy Spirit had now indwelled them and
they were now spiritually qualified to hear the words Peter was speaking and
to understand them. When Jesus spoke about having ears, He spoke about
having spiritual ears, ears that were saved and could understand the
teaching of spiritual things. (1 Cor 2:14 KJV) But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto
him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
An unsaved person cannot understand spiritual things because they are not
qualified to be able to. So the Holy Spirit gave understanding to Cornelius
and all those who were in his home. They had all become saved the moment
Peter started speaking the true Gospel to them. One of the best examples of
this is the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:32 KJV)
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he
talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
They were able to know that it was Christ who walked with them because it
was Christ who opened up the Scriptures to them. We do not interpret the
Scriptures with a dead, closed mind. Only those who are saved are able to
understand the Scriptures as they are understood through the indwelling Holy
Spirit. He teaches and interprets for us to give us understanding.