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  1. I remember a friend of mine telling me that his neighbour "would make a good Adventist because he was almost there already". That made me think that perhaps, in our own mind we have this ranking system about who would be good candidates for the Kingdom of God, and who would be better left out. It is quite possible for us to practice exclusivity in the same way that Peter did until he was confronted with Cornelius and his family.

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3: 16

  2. Sure! We are not better than anyone, on the contrary, we haverá the responsability of taking Jesus to others!
    "9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." Rev. 7:9
    "11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”Rev 10:11.
    6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people." Rev. 14:6

  3. Why did Peter ponder?
    He was hungry.
    Perfect vision at perfect time.
    Instead, he pauses to ponder.
    This vision did not make sense to Peter.
    He knew Jesus is the fulfillment of the ceremonial yet he questioned the vision.
    when a truth is revealed unto us it is important to test the validity of the truth.

    It is only at the house of Cornelius, he begins to understand the truth behind the vision.
    Peter opened his mouth and said, "GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY"
    It is unlawful for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one another nation.
    But God has SHOWN ME that I should not call any MAN common or unclean.

    Impetuous Peter calm (this is the work of the Spirit) ponders the vision.

    When we wait upon the Lord, He will lead us in to all truth.
    He understood, the vision was not about food. It was about God's acceptance of all in Christ Jesus.

  4. On the other hand Cornelious was a God fearing man that would make a good Christian. You are right though there was a barrier with Peter. It was ethnicity and not nescessarly being picky as it pertains to easy convert. Very good illistration in pointing out our comfort zone. We may not be ethicnic driven, but most of us like our comfort zones. Yes whosoever believe in Gods Son,, wheither or not they are the most unlike candidate or not we should share our faith with them also. Titus says all men. Titus 2:11. Galatians says: No matter whether you are Jew, Greek, slave, free, male , female, homeless, or CEO, all deserve to be given the Gospel Message. Galatians 3:26-28.

  5. It is so comforting that the gospel is inclusive to all races and tribes. Surely God is fair to every human being

  6. Jesus said, "Peter, When thou art converted. . " Here we see a "converted" Peter and Jesus is STILL working on his character - to love everyone equally. Praise God for this story! He's still working on me.


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