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The Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:34-48)

September 17, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon magnifies the grace of Christ toward the nations, who were not a people, but through Him have been reconciled to God. Pastor Carter extols the faithfulness of God to prepare the hearts and minds of those He choses to receive His free offer of salvation. The focus of this sermon is on how Peter preached the peace and the power of God in Christ Jesus, while reminding the Gentiles at Cornelius’ house, that Jesus is for all people, not just Jews.

Peter Preached: The Peace of God in Christ Jesus

As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed (Acts 10:36;ESV).

Sin made humanity an enemy of God. Sin also causes conflict within humanity. For example, men act harshly toward women; women seek to usurp the authority of men; children disobey their parents; and parents kill their own children (Genesis 3:8-19; Matthew 10:21; Romans 1; 2 Timothy 3:1-7). The problem with humanity is sin, which places every sinful man, woman and child under the wrath of God (Romans 6:23). However, Peter brings good news to the Gentiles at Cornelius’ house, Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and through Him they can be reconciled to God by faith.

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Peter Preached: The Power of God in Christ Jesus

“…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead (Acts 10:38-41; ESV).”

Peter had one mission to accomplish as he entered Cornelius’ house, preach Christ. The Lord was faithful in preparing the harvest for Peter (Matthew 9:37-38). The Gentiles in Cornelius’ house were ready and eager to hear the Word of the Lord. Peter proclaims the power of God, namely, that Jesus Christ went about doing the will of God and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. To what end was Peter preaching to these Gentiles? So that they would understand that Christ reconciled them to God by dying the death they deserve and to show them His power over death, since He was raised from the dead.

Jesus Christ: No Respecter of Persons

Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name (Acts 10:34-35, 42-43;ESV).

Peter understood that God is impartial in His estimation of humanity (cf. Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:14). Pastor Carter explains that for God to be impartial means that He does not see faces, He searches hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). For the first time Peter preached that, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for all people, not simply to Jews (Romans 1:16). Peter acknowledged that Christ made the difference. He reminded Peter that although people are from various nations, He is Lord of all, and chooses people from among the nations as He sees fit (Deuteronomy 7:6-11; John 1:9-13).

How will I be made right with God?

The problem of the world lies in our hearts. There is no peace with God apart from Christ. God sees us all as sinners, because sin does not show partiality.

However, this sin within our hearts, that seeks to dominate us, can be forgiven through Christ (cf. Genesis 4:7). Surely, sin, death, and the devil are relentless enemies. Nevertheless, Christ proved that He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or imagine by powerfully reconciling all who believe in Him to God (John 3:16-21; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 2:14-15).

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