Acts 10:34-43 (ESV) 34So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
RAF: Peter’s visit to and discourse at Cornelius’s house is a model for laying out the basics of Christian doctrine to a new audience. Watch how fully he presents the basic facts while unfolding the Gospel within the larger context.
1. vss. 34 & 35 / The Gospel is of equal applicability to all. There are no special groups from whom the Gospel is to be withheld. He assures them they have an interest in this.
2. vs. 35 / God receives all who set themselves to seek Him. In this, we are brought to be reminded that the Spirit of God is at work in the world. It is true that no one seeks God AS God on their own. Yet all sorts are aware that something is terribly wrong and are seeking for an answer on the level they understand it, and, the Spirit of God is creating in some a true hunger for God and salvation. It is not a product of their own making, but it is real nonetheless.
3. vs. 36 / Jesus is Lord of all (God) – and the Gospel of peace is about Him, and tied to His Lordship. If Christ is not God, there is no peace, there is no salvation.
4. vs. 37 / Jesus came within the context of repentance from sin, and faith toward God. There is no salvation apart from these two things.
5. vs. 38 / Jesus came in the full manifestation of the Spirit of God, and in His ministry demonstrated God’s good will to all. Thus the Gospel offer is built upon a demonstration of His willingness to receive and heal.
6. vs. 39 / Jesus was crucified. (See: 1 Cor. 15:3-4)
7. vs. 41 / But He was also verifiably raised from the dead by God on the third day. (See: 1 Cor. 15:3-4)
8. vs. 42 / He commanded that it be preached that He is the Judge of all mankind.
9. vs. 43 / He is in fact the great subject matter of the Scriptures – of all of God’s revelation to mankind.
10. vs. 43 / Forgiveness of sins is found in His name.