May 4 – Cornelius – Acts 10:1 thru 11:18
Cornelius was a centurion described as a devout man that feared God and faithfully prayed and gave to the Lord. The angel of God came to him in a vision and gave Cornelius instructions, which he promptly obeyed. He was to send for Peter and listen to the instructions that Peter would give them.
At the same time an angel was appearing to Cornelius, Peter has a dream or vision in which the Lord is trying to teach him that God is no respecter of persons. Salvation is offered to all….whether gentile or Jew, Greek or Roman. “What God hat cleansed, that call not thou common.” This is the message that is fresh on Peter’s mind when he is invited to Cornelius’ house. When Cornelius asks for instruction from Peter, this is the message he shares with Cornelius. The Gospel is for all, the Jew and the Gentile. Today, the message has not changed . . . the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for ALL.