The Gentiles are Converted

Acts 10-11

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Peter Embraces Gospel Power

Once Peter realized that God wanted the gospel to go to the Gentiles too, he proclaimed the gospel message— that Jesus died and rose again to save us— to Cornelius and his household. At first, Peter probably thought the Gentiles would reject the message of the gospel. But God touched the hearts of the Gentiles and poured out his Holy Spirit upon them, just as he had upon the Jews, showing that God wanted to save people of all nations. As a result, the Gentiles accepted the message and believed. The apostle Paul wrote, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile." Romans 1:16

You can't please everybody, but at least please God.

When Peter returned to Jerusalem, some Jewish believers were not happy that he had gone to eat with the Gentiles . They felt Peter had broken God’s laws. But when Peter explained that the Holy Spirit had fallen upon the Gentiles so that they believed in Jesus and spoke in tongues, the men rejoiced and worshiped God. They could not argue with what God had done. It took a while for the Jews to get used to having Gentiles in the church. Some Jews wanted to require the Gentiles to follow the Jewish laws as a requirement to be saved. But the apostle Paul said that that would be “adding to the gospel,” so he spoke strongly against forcing the Gentiles to obey the Jewish law (Galatians 2: 15– 21). Anytime we make good works a requirement for salvation, we destroy God’s gospel of grace. (Ephesians 2: 8– 9).