READ: Acts 10:1-11:18 (esp., v10:17-33)
- Up to this point it is clear that God is moving. These visions and lessons are from God and He has something He is seeking to do. And the characters recognize it. They ascribe the action to God. “An angel of God” (10:3). God heard Cornelius’ prayers (v1ff.). Peter recognizes God’s presence and Luke ascribes the message to God (10:14-15). The Spirit speaks to Peter (10:19f). Peter claims it was God who showed him the lesson on the rooftop (10:28). Cornelius identifies God as the one sending the vision and in their presence right then (10:32-33).
- God is at the heart of Peter’s message (10:34-43). He’s mentioned multiple times. Luke points to the coming of the Holy Spirit (10:44) from God. God was being praised (10:46) because God the Spirit was present (10:45-46). Salvation was given through God the Son (10:47-48). Jerusalem heard God had spoken (11:1). Peter rehearses the role God played in his vision (11:1-10) and that it was God that called him to go (11:11-12).
- Peter ends by describing the Spirit’s falling and God’s actions (11:15-18). In light of all this activity of God, Peter responds, “Who was I to stand in God’s way.” The Jerusalem church fell silent before God’s actions. As it should be. When it is clear that God is up to something, it is up to the church to pay attention and accept it. There is no reading of this text and not coming to the conclusion that God is up to something special.
- How much evidence does it take to persuade you that God is up to something?
- Go through the text and mark the places where God, Spirit, and Jesus appear.
- Where do you see the activity of God around you?
PRAY: Thank God for his imminent investment in broken humans. Pray that you recognize what He’s doing. Ask Him to make His actions clear to you.