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Acts 10: Cornelius
by From the Pastor's Desk on February 10th, 2013

The Spirit of God is Poured Out on Gentiles

Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” 
At the end of Chapter 9, we see that Peter was busy being used by God to perform notable miracles. Aeneas was physically disabled and Tabitha was deceased. God intervened on both accounts and they were both made whole, instantaneously. On both accounts, the miracles caused many people to believe on the name of Jesus Christ. After this episode of the glorious manifestation of God’s power, he settled in the city of Joppa (near the modern city of Tel-aviv). This is where the Spirit of God arranges a meeting between Peter and the first Gentile recorded in the bible to receive the precious gift of the Holy Spirit.

This was an appointed time for Cornelius. Over the span of four days, God arranged it through independent messages to two people who know nothing about one another. God ordained meetings are not uncommon. No doubt, each of us have had them in the past. But I want you to stop and think about this for a minute. When it comes to the Great Commission and seeking out the lost, how do Divine appointments factor into this? Could it be that God can lead us to people and also lead them to us? How do we make this happen?

The answer is simple. Cornelius prayed continually (verse 3) and Peter prayed continually (Acts 3:1; 6:4; 10:9). Prayer can make these things happen. Prayer WILL make these things happen before our very eyes! Your prayers will do it. The lost are praying all the time, but are not always being reached by those who intimately know the answer to their prayers. Just as there was an Ethiopian eunuch in need of a Philip, there is a Cornelius out there that is looking for their Peter. Being a gentile, Cornelius was a proselyte to the Jewish religion. He was accustomed to the religion that he had chosen, but there was a deeper hunger in his life. There was something missing. The man prayed continuously! There is a power in faithful praying. Supernatural encounters can be arranged through prayer. When God sends your Cornelius, will you listen to His direction and preach the real answer to their prayers?

What is even more notable about the Divine appointment is the outpouring of the Holy Ghost that came upon them. Peter preached the Gospel. When he mentioned the Jesus was Lord of all (verse 36) he was invoking the Deity of Jesus Christ. He mentioned the prophetic witness (verse 43), which further connects Him to the eternal purpose of God (Ephesians 3:9-11). He mentioned His crucifixion (verse 39) and His resurrection (verse 41). He had not even mentioned the promise of the Holy Spirit, but it fell on Cornelius and his entire house!

You see, as Paul put it, when we preach Christ we preach “the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).” There is power in the preached word of God. Adding to the power of the preached word of God is the power of continual prayer, the sensitivity to the Holy Spirit to follow His direction and the boldness to speak to strangers. In the Kingdom of God, this combination is timeless. This combination is powerful. Because of this, the hungry souls of Cornelius house received the power that is intended every time the Gospel is preached. 


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