Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 10:34-48
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 10:34-48, about Peter’s preaching to Cornelius and his household, and the falling of the Holy Spirit upon them.

Peter Preaches to Cornelius’s Household

Acts 10:34-48

¶“34Peter began his speech by saying, 'I truly understand that God does not show favoritism. 35Rather, in every nation whoever fears God and acts rightly is acceptable to him. 36He sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ who is the Lord of all nations.' ” (Acts 10:34-36).

¶“37'You yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached. 38You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. You know how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.' ” (Acts 10:37-38).

¶“39'We are witnesses of everything he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. And then he was killed and hung on a tree. 40God raised him up the third day, and allowed him to be revealed 41—not to all the people, but to witnesses who were previously chosen by God, us included, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.' ” (Acts 10:39-41).

¶“42'Jesus himself commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this Jesus is the One appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins.' ” (Acts 10:42-43).

¶“44While Peter was still speaking this message, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. 45The Jews who believed, all who had come with Peter, were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out also on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God.” (Acts 10:44-46).

¶“47Then Peter said, 'Can any man forbid the water to prevent these people from being baptized who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?' 48So he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for some days.” (Acts 10:47-48).

1 The Gospel is Equally for All People

Verses 34-36

¶"Peter began his speech by saying, “I truly understand that God does not show favoritism. Rather, in every nation whoever fears God and acts rightly is acceptable to him. He sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ who is the Lord of all nations." (Acts 10:34-36).

2 The Gospel is Possible through One Man’s Sacrifice

Verses 37-38

¶" 'You yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached. You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. You know how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.' " (Acts 10:37-38).

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Verses 39-41

¶" 'We are witnesses of everything he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. And then he was killed and hung on a tree. God raised him up the third day, and allowed him to be revealed —not to all the people, but to witnesses who were previously chosen by God, us included, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.' " (Acts 10:39-41).

Verses 42-43

¶" 'He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this Jesus is the One appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins.' " (Acts 10:42-43).

3 The Gospel is Confirmed by One Spirit

Verses 44-46

¶"While Peter was still speaking this message, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. Those of the circumcision who believed, all who had come with Peter, were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out also on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God." (Acts 10:44-46).

4 The Gospel is Obeyed in One Baptism

Verses 47-48

¶"Then Peter said, 'Can any man forbid the water to prevent these people from being baptized who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?' So he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for some days." (Acts 10:47-48).

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