Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 10:1-23
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 10:1-23, about two visions, one experienced by the good man Cornelius, and the other by the apostle Peter. God prepares these two men, a Gentile and a Jew, to meet each other.

Acts 10

Cornelius the Gentile’s Vision

Verses 1-2

¶ "In Caesarea, there was a man named Cornelius, who was a centurion of the the Italian Battalion as it was known. Cornelius was a devout man, who feared God with all his household. He gave generous gifts to the needy among the people, and he prayed to God often." (Acts 10:1-2).

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The Goodness of Cornelius

Verses 3-6

¶ "At about three o'clock in the afternoon, Cornelius saw a clear vision of an angel of God. The angel came to him, and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius was frightened, but he looked intently at the angel and asked, “What do you want with me, Lord?” The angel replied, “Your prayers and your gifts to the needy have gone up to heaven for a memorial before God. Now I want you to send men to Joppa, and call for Simon who is also called Peter. He lodges with another Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. Peter will tell you what you should do” " (Acts 10:3-6).

Verses 7-9

¶ "When the angel who spoke to Cornelius had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him constantly. Having explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. Next day, while they were on their journey and nearing the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray. It was about noon." (Acts 10:7-9).

Peter the Apostle’s Vision

Verses 10-16

¶ "On the housetop, Peter became hungry and desired to eat, but while a meal was being prepared, a trance came upon him. He saw heaven opened and an object descending toward him. It was like a great sheet let down to the earth by four corners. Inside it there were all kinds of four-footed beasts of the earth. There were wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky. A voice came to him, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat!” But Peter said, “No way Lord, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” A voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean.” This happened three times, then the sheet was drawn back up into heaven." (Acts 10:10-16).

Verses 17-20

¶ "Peter was feeling very disturbed in his spirit about the meaning of this vision he'd just seen. At this moment, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood before the gate. They called out and asked whether Simon Peter, was lodging there. While Peter was still pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men seek you. Arise, go down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” " (Acts 10:17-20).

Verses 21-23

¶ "Peter went down to the men, and said, “Behold, I am he whom you seek. Why have you come?” They answered, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to his house, and to listen to what you say.” So Peter invited the men inside and gave them lodging for the night. Next day Peter arose and set out with them for Caesarea. Some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him." (Acts 10:21-23).

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