Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 10:24-33
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 10:24-33, about Peter the apostle going, by God’s directive, to the house of Cornelius a Gentile.

Acts 10

Peter Visits Cornelius the Gentile

Verses 24-27

¶ "On the next day they entered into Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up! I myself am also a man.” As he talked with Cornelius, Peter went in and found many gathered together." (Acts 10:24-27).

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Verses 28-29

¶ "Peter said to those gathered, “You yourselves know that it is thought unlawful for a Jewish man to visit or associate with one of another nation. But God has shown me that I shouldn't call any person unholy or unclean. Therefore I came without objection when I was sent for. I ask therefore, why did you send for me?” " (Acts 10:28-29).

Verses 30-33

¶ "Cornelius said, “Four days ago, I was fasting until this hour, and at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I was praying in my house. Behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing. He said, 'Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your gifts to the needy are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call for Simon, also called Peter. He lodges in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.' Therefore I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God to hear all things that God has commanded you to say.” " (Acts 10:30-33).

Did Cornelius Contribute?

Something to think about...

Who decided Cornelius would be such a good man that God singled him out for special attention?
Who decided that Cornelius would obey the angel’s instructions and send for Peter?
Who decided that Cornelius would gather together his friends and relatives to hear Peter’s word from God?
Did Cornelius in any way contribute to his own salvation and that of his family and friends?
We know certainly that God contributed, and without God’s contribution Cornelius could not have been saved, despite all his goodness.
But did Cornelius contribute? If so, could he have been saved without that contribution?

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