Reflection on Acts 10:44-48

Scripture

Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message.

Observation
Peter is talking to the the people in Cornelius’ household.

As Peter shares the gospel with them, the Holy Spirit falls on all who are listening and they begin to speak in tongues and praise God. The Jewish believers with Peter are amazed at this.

Since these Gentile believers have been baptised in the Holy Spirit, Peter arranges for them to be baptised in water. He then stays with Cornelius for several days.

Application
God keeps breaking out of the box religion tries to keep Him restrained in.

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on “all flesh.” In the Old Testament it had been just the prophets, priests and kings who received the Holy Spirit. In the church age, the Holy Spirit is for everyone, even those who are not Jews.

When somebody receives the Holy Spirit, we know they must be born again- even if they don’t fit our picture of what a christian should look like.

Prayer
Holy Spirit, come and fill me to overflowing. Amen.

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