Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 11:1-18
—Verse by verse

A verse by verse study of Peter’s own account of the Conversion of Cornelius. Through Peter’s eyes we get some extra insights.

Acts 11

Peter recounts his experience with Cornelius.

Verses 1-3

"The apostles and the brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. When Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision contended with him. They said, “You went in to uncircumcised men, and you ate with them.” " (Acts 11:1-3).

Verses 4-6

"But Peter explained by relating the events in order from the beginning. He said, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. An object descended, like a great sheet let down from heaven by its four corners. It came right down to me. I gave it my undivided attention. I saw four-footed beasts of the earth, wild animals, creeping things, and birds of the sky.” " (Acts 11:4-6).

Verses 7-10

"“I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter, kill and eat.' But I replied, 'No way Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered into my mouth.' But for the second time a voice came from heaven. It anwered me, 'You must not call common what God has made clean.' This was done three times; then all the creatures were drawn back up into heaven.” " (Acts 11:7-10).

Verses 11-14

"“At that moment, three men stood outside the house where I was. They'd been sent to me from Caesarea. The Spirit told me to go with them and have no doubts about it. I was also accompanied by these six brothers. When we entered the man’s house, he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying to him, 'Send to Joppa, and get Simon, whose surname is Peter, who will speak to you words by which you will be saved, you and all your house.'”" (Acts 11:11-14).

Verses 15-17

"“I had not long begun my speech when the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as he did on us at the beginning. I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit.' So if, when they believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, God gave to them the same gift as he gave to us, who was I that I could forbid God?”" (Acts 11:15-17).

Verse 18

"When they heard Peter’s account, they took back their objections, and glorified God. They said, “Then God has indeed granted repentance for life to the Gentiles also!” " (Acts 11:18).

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