Thursday, March 22, 2012
Peter Reports to the Church
‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8) But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9) But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10) This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11) And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12) And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13) And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14) he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15) As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16) And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?" 18) When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life."