THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 6-24-18



LESSON TITLE: “CORNELIUS”



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THE LIVING WORD. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEK. AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THIS NEW WEEK WITH A DAY OF SERVICE AND OFFERING TO YOUR GOD. AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO PROCLAIM THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLE’S HANDY AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS WE SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND STUDY FROM HIS WONDROUS WORD. NOW LET’S BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND THE TRUTH AND TO OBEY IT. AND FATHER, IN THE END GIVE US ALL THAT REWARD, THE REWARD FOR THE FAITHFUL AS WE'VE PROVEN OURSELVES AND THEREFORE BECOME RECIPIENTS OF YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE THIS MORNING BY SINGING A HYMN WHICH REMINDS US OF WHAT JESUS MEANS TO THE FAITHFUL. OUR GOD IS A LOVING GOD WHO SUPPLIES ALL OUR NEEDS. SO, AT THIS TIME WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE TOGETHER SING, “HE IS MY EVERYTHING.”



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WE JUST SANG A SONG WHICH REMINDS US HOW PRECIOUS GOD IS TO HIS SAINTS! OH, HOW WONDROUS IT IS TO SING ABOUT SUCH MAGNIFICENT THINGS OF GOD. THIS MAKES ME THINK OF ANOTHER SONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SING TODAY. ONE SONG WHICH THEY SING THAT COMES TO MY MIND AT THIS TIME SAYS, “HEAVEN IS A WONDERFUL PLACE, FILLED WITH GLORY AND GRACE, I WANT TO SEE MY SAVIOR’S FACE, HEAVEN IS A WONDERFUL PLACE!” THEN THEY BOLDLY EXCLAIM - “I WANT TO GO THERE!” HOW COMFORTING AND TRUE THESE WORDS ARE, BECAUSE WE ALL ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE IN THAT ETERNAL HOME AT THE END OF TIME.

WE OFTEN READ OF A CELESTIAL CITY, WITH GOLDEN STREETS AND GATES OF PRECIOUS STONES. WE ALSO HEAR THAT A MANSION HAS BEEN MADE READY FOR US IN THAT WONDERFUL CITY OF GOD. TO TOP IT ALL OFF WE ARE TOLD THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE SICKNESS OR SORROW. THE TRIALS OF THIS LIFE WILL ALL BE BEHIND US. IN FACT, ANOTHER SONG WE OFTEN SING SAYS, “NO TEARS IN HEAVEN WILL BE KNOWN.” WHAT A WONDERFUL SOUNDING PARADISE HEAVEN IS. WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO GO THERE?

ANOTHER EXCITING PART ABOUT HEAVEN IS THAT WE WILL BE THERE ETERNALLY. IN 1 JOHN 2:25, WE READ, “AND THIS IS THE PROMISE THAT HE HAS PROMISED US; ETERNAL LIFE.” IMAGINE A PLACE LIKE HEAVEN WITHOUT ANY ENDING. FURTHERMORE, IMAGINE A PLACE WITH NO DEATH! IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, JOHN SAID IT THIS WAY, “AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES; THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING. THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN, FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY.”

SO WE HAVE SEEN THAT HEAVEN IS TRULY GOING TO BE A MAGNIFICENT PLACE, WITH NO MORE SUFFERING OR DEATH. NOTHING TO CAUSE US TO SHED A TEAR. ONE MORE NOTEABLE CHARACTERISTIC ABOUT HEAVEN IS THAT GOD WILL BE THERE. THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT MEETING GOD FOR THE FIRST TIME, “FACE TO FACE.” IN HEAVEN WE WILL BE WITH GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT. AGAIN THIS EXISTENCE WILL BE FOREVER AND ONE OF PURE PERFECTION. WE WILL LIVE ETERNALLY WITH AN ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING GOD WHO CREATED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US AND ALL THAT WE KNOW AND SEE ON THIS EARTH.

A FINAL SONG WE SOMETIMES SING SAYS, “THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME I’M JUST A PASSING THROUGH. MY TREASURES ARE LAID UP SOMEWHERE BEYOND THE BLUE. THE ANGELS BECKON ME FROM HEAVENS OPEN DOOR, AND I CAN’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE!” HOW MANY OF US ARE READY AND EAGER TO GO THERE AND TO BE WITH OUR GOD? I KNOW I AM, BECAUSE THIS IS THE GREATEST PROMISE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME, IF I PROVE MYSELF WORTHY OF HIS GRACE!

THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUING OUR SERIES WHICH ANSWERS THE QUESTION, “WHAT SHALL WE DO?” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF STUDY TODAY WILL FOCUS ON THE MAN, “CORNELIUS.” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BRENT WORKS WITH THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI AND IS COMING ON FULL TIME IN AUGUST TO FOCUS ON SCHOOL PROMOTION AND STUDENT ENROLLMENT. PLEASE CONTACT HIM IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF OUR SCHOOLS! IT’S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, IT’S NAME, “WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE!”



LESSON

BRENT GREEN

WHAT A GREAT JOY IT IS TO BE ABLE TO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD AT ANY TIME, ESPECIALLY THIS OCCASION THAT WE HAVE. WHAT WE FIND IN SECOND TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE TWO IS A FAMILIAR PASSAGE. IT SAYS, “THE THINGS THAT YOU HEARD FROM ME AMONG MANY WITNESSES, COMMIT THESE TO FAITHFUL MEN WHO WILL BE ABLE TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO.” OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN GENERAL AS WE CHRISTIANS STRIVE TO TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION OF KIDS AND GRANDKIDS WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS SO THEY MIGHT KNOW HOW THEY ARE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES ACCORDING TO HIS HOLY WORD. SPECIFICALLY THOUGH, WE ALSO DO THAT IN THE TRAINING OF GOSPEL PREACHERS. WE’RE COMMITTING THE WORD OF GOD TO FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN MEN. WHO CAN GO OUT AND SPREAD THE GOSPEL THROUGH ALL THE WORLD. THAT'S WHAT WE DO THERE AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI EVERY SINGLE YEAR. TAKE A MOMENT HERE THE BEGINNING OF THIS LESSON TO REMIND ALL OF THAT OPPORTUNITY. BOTH THOSE ARE CHRISTIANS AND THOSE REPRESENT THE CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THIS AREA THAT WE HAVE A PROGRAM, A TWO-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAM THAT WILL TRAIN UP ANOTHER GENERATION OF GOSPEL PREACHERS. IF YOU'RE A MAN WHO'S INTERESTED IN SUCH, WE HAVE ANOTHER INTAKE THAT WILL BE STARTING IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR. IF YOU’RE A CONGREGATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN SUCH IN THE SUPPORT OF OUR STUDENTS, AGAIN WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH. IN ALL THINGS, PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS AS WE CONTINUE THIS ENDEAVOR, IN TRAINING THAT NEXT GENERATION OF GOSPEL PREACHERS.

WITH THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING THOUGH, FOR OUR INSTRUCTION FROM GOD'S WORD, LET US TAKE OUR BIBLES AND TURN THE BOOK OF ACTS, ACTS CHAPTER 10. WE HAVE UNDER CONSIDERATION HERE IN OUR STUDY THE CONVERSION THAT WE SEE TAKE PLACE HERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 10. IT’S THAT OF CORNELIUS. OF COURSE THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF ACTS, WE SEE THE WORD OF GOD BEING PREACHED, THE GOSPEL BEING EXPLAINED TO THOSE THERE IN THE FIRST CENTURY, AND WE SEE THE RESPONSE OF SUCH. IN ALL THESE EXAMPLES OF CONVERSION, IT TEACHES VERY IMPORTANT THINGS EVEN TODAY. THINGS WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND THINGS WE SHOULDN'T MISUNDERSTAND AND SUCH IS THE CASE HERE WITH CORNELIUS AND HIS HOUSEHOLD.

AS WE SEE THIS EXAMPLE IN ACTS CHAPTER 10, AS WE FIND THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 10, I WANT US TO FIRST UNDERSTAND SOMETHING ABOUT THE MAN OF THIS CONVERSION THAT IS OF CORNELIUS HIMSELF. WHAT WE LEARN HERE, CORNELIUS IS THAT HE WAS A NOTABLE MAN. THERE IN VERSE ONE OF ACTS 10 IT SAYS, “THERE IS A CERTAIN MAN IN CAESAREA CALLED CORNELIUS, A CENTURION OF WHAT IS CALLED THE ITALIAN REGIMENT, A DEVOUT MAN AND ONE WHO FEARED GOD WITH ALL HIS HOUSEHOLD WHO GAVE ALMS GENEROUSLY TO THE PEOPLE, AND PRAYED TO GOD ALWAYS.” WE'RE DEALING WITH A MAN WHO IS SEEKING TO TRY TO WORSHIP GOD. A MAN WHO IS SEEKING TO TRY TO SERVE GOD TO THE BEST THAT HE KNEW HOW. BUT HE STILL NEEDED FURTHER INSTRUCTION. HE NEEDED TO BE TOLD WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO TO BE SAVED ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF CHRIST THAT WAS PUT INTO EFFECT AT THE DEATH OF CHRIST. THIS IS A MAN WHO WAS NOTABLE ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WAS A SOLDIER BUT ALSO THE FACT THAT HE WAS A MAN OF FAITH. A MAN WHO PRAYED UNDER GOD AND GOD DID GIVE HIM AN ANSWER TO THIS PRAYER OF SEEKING TO KNOW THE TRUTH. SEEKING TO KNOW WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO TO BE SAVED.

IN VERSES FOUR THROUGH EIGHT, WE FIND SUCH AN ANSWER FROM GOD. GOD GAVE HIM INSTRUCTIONS, YOU SEND FOR A MAN BY THE NAME OF PETER. PETER WAS THERE IN JOPPA AND WAS LODGING AT THE HOUSE OF ONE NAME SIMON THE TANNER AND YOU CALL FOR HIM AND BRING HIM TO YOU. HE WILL TEACH YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. CORNELIUS LISTEN TO GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS, FOLLOW THOSE THINGS, AND INDEED DID SEND TWO OF HIS SERVANTS, THERE IN VERSE SEVEN, AND ALSO ONE OF HIS SOLDIERS THAT WAS UNDER HIM TO GO AND FIND PETER THAT HE MIGHT BE THE ONE TO COME AND TEACH CORNELIUS WHAT HE NEED TO KNOW. FURTHER, I WANT US TO CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT THE TEACHER OF THIS CONVERSION. WE'VE MENTIONED ALREADY BY NAME THAT WAS PETER.

THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT WE LEARN ABOUT PETER HERE IN ACTS 10 AS WELL. WE FIND HIM THERE IN VERSE NINE SAYS, “THE NEXT DAY, AS THEY WENT ON THEIR JOURNEY AND DREW NEAR THE CITY, PETER WENT UP ON THE HOUSETOP TO PRAY, ABOUT THE SIX HOUR. HE BECAME VERY HUNGRY AND WANTED TO EAT; BUT WHILE THEY MADE READY, HE FELL INTO A TRANCE.” PETER WAS A MAN THAT WE FIND WAS A PRAYERFUL MAN. SOMETHING WE LEARN LATER DOWN TO VERSE 14 IS THAT HE WAS ALSO A MAN WHO WAS DEDICATED. HE WAS DEDICATED THERE SPECIFICALLY TO THE DIETARY LAWS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT IT SHOWS HIS DEDICATION TO GOD. WHAT WE LEARN OF PETER HERE'S NOT ONLY DID HE TEACH BY HIS EXAMPLE. PETER IS ONE WHO HAD TO BE TAUGHT A FEW THINGS AS WELL. SO AS HE'S HUNGRY, AS HE FALLS INTO THIS TRANCE, GOD REVEALS TO HIM SOMETHING FROM HEAVEN AND WHAT WE FIND THERE IS THIS GREAT SHEET THAT DESCENDS AND ALL THESE ANIMALS BEFORE HIS EYES ON THE SHEET AND WHAT THE VOICE SAYS IN VERSE 13 IS THIS TO PETER. “‘RISE, PETER; KILL AND EAT.’ PETER SAID, ‘NOT SO, LORD! FOR I HAVE NEVER EATEN ANYTHING COMMON OR UNCLEAN.’ AND THE VOICE SPOKE TO HIM AGAIN THE SECOND TIME, ‘WHAT GOD HAS CLEANSED YOU MUST NOT CALL COMMON.’” WELL AGAIN THIS HAPPENED THREE TIMES BEFORE THAT SHEET AND ITS OBJECTS THEREON WERE TAKEN BACK UP INTO HEAVEN. WHAT IS IT THAT PETER NEEDED TO LEARN? WELL INDEED THE OLD LAW INCLUDING ITS DISTINCTION BETWEEN CLEAN AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY WHEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS. BUT THERE'S MORE TO THIS THAN JUST THAT. WHAT'S THE PRIMARY LESSON? WHAT WE FIND OUT VERSE 28 THAT PETER LEARNED TO THE PROCESS OF THIS CHAPTER IS WHAT GOD WAS TRYING TO TEACH YOU HIM.

IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 28, “HE SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU KNOW HOW UNLAWFUL IT IS FOR A JEWISH MAN TO KEEP COMPANY WITH OR GO TO ONE OF ANOTHER NATION. BUT GOD HAS SHOWN ME THAT I SHOULD NOT CALL ANY MAN COMMON OR UNCLEAN.’” YOU SEE IT WASN'T JUST ABOUT ANIMALS ANY LONGER. NO PETER NEED TO BE TAUGHT BY GOD IT'S ABOUT THE GOSPEL. FOR WHOM IS THE GOSPEL? IT'S FOR ALL MANKIND. IT'S FOR THE JEW IT'S ALSO FOR THE GREEK AND PETER NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND THAT. AND GOD USED THIS EXAMPLE TO SHOW HIM THAT THERE IS NO LONGER DISTINCTION BETWEEN MEN. IS NO LONGER DISTINCTION BETWEEN THOSE OF THE JEWISH BACKGROUND AND THOSE WHO ARE SIMPLY GENTILES. NOW THE GOSPEL IS INDEED FOR ALL. GOD TAUGHT THAT LESSON TO PETER THAT HE MIGHT BE THE ONE TO GO AND TEACH CORNELIUS. PETER CAME OUT OF A JEWISH BACKGROUND, THIS CORNELIUS WAS A ROMAN SOLDIER HE WAS A GENTILE. HOW IS IT THAT GOD COULD USE A JEWISH MAN TO TEACH A GENTILE MAN? BECAUSE IT DIDN'T MATTER ANY LONGER WHAT YOU WERE BY NATIONALITY, WHAT YOUR PHYSICAL BIRTH ORDER. WHAT MATTERED WAS THE GOSPEL AND YOUR OBEDIENCE TO THAT GOSPEL.

I WANT US TO THINK NOW ABOUT PETER, THIS WILLING TEACHER, WHO DID FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF GOD TO GO TO CORNELIUS. WHAT IT WAS THAT HE TAUGHT HIM WHEN HE ARRIVED. SO LET US CONSIDER THE TEACHING OF THIS CONVERSION FOR A MOMENT. WE DO SEE IN VERSES 24 THROUGH 33 THAT THERE ARE PREPARATIONS THAT ARE MADE. CORNELIUS INDEED GATHERS ALL OF HIS RELATIVES OF THOSE ARE CLOSE TO HIM AND BRINGS THEM TO HIS HOME THAT THEY ALL MIGHT BE THERE FOR THE TEACHING THAT PETER HAS TO DELIVER TO THEM. FURTHERMORE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS MEETING ARE RECOUNTED BY CORNELIUS AND PETER. THEY GO THROUGH THE DETAILS OF THE EXPLANATION THEREBY PETER OF HOW HE SAW THIS VISION AND ALSO THE FURTHER EXPLANATION BY CORNELIUS OF HOW HE TOO HAD SEEN A VISION GIVEN TO HIM AND HOW HE WAS TO GO AND CALL FOR PETER. SO ALL THESE THINGS ARE RECOUNTED THAT'S INDEED IT MIGHT BE CONFIRMED THAT GOD'S HAND WAS IN PUTTING THESE TWO MEN TOGETHER AS HE SAW FIT. NOW THERE'S A REASON FOR THIS AND WHAT WE FIND BEGINNING IN VERSE 34 IS THE TEACHING OF PETER THAT WILL BRING ABOUT THE CONVERSION OF CORNELIUS AND THOSE IN HIS HOUSEHOLD. THERE IN VERSE 34 WE READ THIS, “PETER OPENED HIS MOUTH AND SAID: ‘IN TRUTH I PERCEIVE THAT GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY. BUT IN EVERY NATION WHOEVER FEARS HIM AND WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ACCEPTED BY HIM.’”

WHAT PETER HAS LEARNED IS THAT THE GOSPEL IS NOT JUST OPEN TO THE JEWS, IT'S OPEN TO THE GENTILES. ISN'T THAT WHAT PAUL CONFIRMED IN ROMANS ONE? HE SAID, “I'M NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION FOR THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO FOR THE GREEK.” INDEED PETER HAS STATED THE VERY SAME THING. GOD IS NOT A PARTIAL GOD. GOD WANTS ALL TO HEAR HIS GOSPEL. THE GOSPEL IS INDEED FOR ALL MANKIND. HE CONTINUES IN VERSE 36 AND SAYS THIS, “‘THE WORD WHICH GOD SENT TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, PREACHING PEACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST - HE IS LORD OF ALL.’” THE GOSPEL IS A GOSPEL OF PEACE AND HOW IS THAT? WELL BRINGS PEOPLE BACK INTO PEACE WITH GOD. IT'S A GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION. THAT RECONCILIATION IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. THAT'S THE GOSPEL PETER PREACHED TO CORNELIUS. AND CONTINUE THERE IN VERSE 37 OF THERE SAYS, “‘THAT WORD YOU KNOW, WHICH WAS PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT ALL JUDEA, AND BEGAN FROM GALILEE AFTER BAPTISM WHICH JOHN PREACHED.” AS WE KNOW FROM THE ACTS RECORDED THESE APOSTLES OF JESUS WENT FAR FROM JERUSALEM TO JUDEA TO GALILEE TO THE OUTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH AND THAT BEGINS HERE TO THE GENTILE WORLD WITH WHAT WE SEE THERE OF THIS MAN CORNELIUS AND ACTS CHAPTER 10. ALSO THERE IN VERSE 38 PETER CONTINUES PREACHING THE GOSPEL IS, “‘HOW GOD ANOINTED JESUS OF NAZARETH WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH POWER, WHO WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD AND HEALING ALL WHO WERE OPPRESSED BY THE DEVIL, FOR GOD WAS WITH HIM.’” THIS JESUS CHRIST ATTESTED TO BY THEIR MIRACLES THAT HE PERFORMED.

PETER GOES ON VERSE 39 HE SAYS, “‘WE ARE WITNESSES OF ALL THINGS WHICH HE DID BOTH THE LAND OF THE JEWS IN JERUSALEM.’” AS JOHN SAYS, HERE PETER SAYS THAT HE AND JOHN THE OTHER APOSTLE'S, WE WERE ALL THERE. WE SAW THE MIRACLES HE PERFORMED, WE WERE WITNESSES TO WHAT HE DID. SO HE CONTINUES PREACHING THE GOSPEL LOOK AT WHAT HE SAYS THEY'RE CONTINUING IN VERSE 39. SAYS, “‘WHOM THEY KILLED BY HANGING ON A TREE. HIM GOD RAISED UP ON THE THIRD DAY, AND SHOWED HIM OPENLY, NOT TO ALL THE PEOPLE, BUT TO WITNESSES CHOSEN BEFORE BY GOD, EVEN WAS WHO ATE AND DRANK WITH HIM AFTER HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD.’”

THE VERY HEART OF THE GOSPEL IS WHAT PETER'S PREACHING HERE: THE DEATH, THE BURIAL, THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. THAT'S WHAT CORNELIUS NEEDED TO HEAR ABOUT. THAT'S THE VERY HEART OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE. NOW CONTINUE THERE IN VERSE 40 AND 41, IT SAYS, “‘NOT TO ALL THE PEOPLE, BUT TO WITNESSES CHOSEN BEFORE BY GOD EVEN TO US WHO ATE AND DRANK WITH HIM AFTER HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD. AND HE COMMANDED US TO PREACH TO THE PEOPLE, AND TO TESTIFY THAT IT IS HE WHO WAS ORDAINED BY GOD TO BE JUDGE OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. TO HIM ALL THE PROPHETS WITNESS THAT, THROUGH HIS NAME, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL RECEIVE REEMISSION OF SINS.’”

WHY IS IT THAT CORNELIUS NEEDED TO HEAR THESE WORDS? BECAUSE THIS WAS THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL. THIS WAS THE DEMONSTRATION THROUGH THESE WORDS OF WHAT CORNELIUS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, THAT JESUS CAME. AND THOSE THEY ARE IN VERSE 43 WHO BELIEVE IN HIM WILL RECEIVE REEMISSION OF SINS. INDEED THERE WAS SUCH AN OCCASION THAT GOD PROVIDED HERE SOMETHING MIRACULOUS TO SHOW THAT THE GOSPEL INDEED WAS OPEN TO THE GENTILE RELM. WON'T YOU LOOK DOWN WITH ME IN VERSE 48? THAT AFTER SUCH WAS PROVEN BY GOD THAT THIS GOSPEL MESSAGE WAS FOR THE GENTILES THAT IT WAS TO BE RECEIVED AND OBEYED BY THE GENTILES. LOOK AT WHAT PETER COMMANDS THERE IN VERSE 48. SAYS, “‘HE COMMANDED THEM TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. THEN THEY ASKED HIM TO STAY A FEW DAYS.”

WHAT WAS A PART OF THIS GOSPEL MESSAGE? WHAT WAS A PART OF THE COMMANDS THAT CORNELIUS NEEDED TO HEAR FROM THE APOSTLE PETER HIMSELF? WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO IN ORDER TO HAVE HIS SINS TAKEN AWAY? HE NEEDED TO BE BAPTIZED AND THOSE ALSO WHO ARE OF THE MIND UNDERSTAND THESE VERY SAME THINGS WOULD BE BAPTIZE WITH HIM HERE ON THIS DAY. THIS WAS THE VERY THING THAT JESUS SENT OUT HIS APOSTLES, HIS DISCIPLES TO PREACH IN THE GREAT COMMISSION. THIS WAS A BAPTISM OF WATER. VERSE 47, “‘CAN ANYONE FORBID WATER, THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE BAPTIZED…?’” THEY HAD TO BE BURIED IN WATER FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS. THIS WAS THE BAPTISM OF JESUS. VERSE 48 THEY NEED TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. THAT'S THE VERY BAPTISM THAT JESUS SPOKE OF WHEN HE SENT OUT HIS DISCIPLES ONCE AGAIN. WE'D BE AMISS THAT WE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS TAKING PLACE HERE'S A VERY THING JESUS EXPLAIN THERE IN MARK CHAPTER 16. MARK 16:15 AND 16 JESUS SAID, “‘GO UNTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED BUT HE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE WILL BE CONDEMNED.’” PETER WAS THE ONE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE GENTILE WORLD. TO CORNELIUS AND HIS HOUSEHOLD. AND CORNELIUS AND THOSE WITH HIM HEARD THE PREACHING OF THAT GOSPEL AND WHAT WAS THEIR RESPONSE? THEY BELIEVED AND THEY WERE BAPTIZED AND THEY WERE SAVED. WHAT A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF CONVERSION TO SEE THE SIMPLE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE. TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE THOSE WILLING TO LISTEN AND OBEY THAT GOSPEL MESSAGE THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED. CONSIDER THAT'S EVEN TODAY.

HAVE YOU BELIEVED? HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED? HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THE PLAN OF SALVATION AVAILABLE TO ALL?



CLOSING COMMENTS

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CORNELIUS WAS A GREAT AND GODLY MAN WITH A FOCUS ON GOD, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS. MAY WE ALL HAVE A STRONGER DESIRE TO SEE THE SALVATION OF SOULS AROUND US THAT WE MAY ALL RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE FROM OUR GOD IN THE END.