In Your Bible: Acts 8:26-37; 9 :1-6; 32-35; 10:30-38
Philip, Peter, and Paul continued to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet peoples’ needs. Testimony of their obedience shows their zeal to hear and see what God wanted them to do in any situation. In Acts, the apostles were used mightily by the Lord.
Some Bible commentators contend that the phrase “meanwhile” (Acts 9:1) infers that the following occurred at about the same time:
- Philip teaches the Ethiopian eunuch in the chariot (Acts 8:26-39)
- Saul meets Jesus and is converted (Acts 9:1-9)
- Jesus Christ heals Aeneas at Peters’ command (Acts 9:34)
What an amazing peek at God’s eagerness to reach out with spectacular timing and meet the needs of man.
God’s Inclusive Plan
God’s mysterious vision to Peter revealed his inclusive plan for all mankind. Peter quickly learned God’s new meaning of clean and unclean. This encounter changed Peter as radically as Saul was changed.
Peter admitted, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ who is Lord of all” (Acts 10:34-36 NIV).
As Peter was speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard him. Circumcised and uncircumcised alike began speaking in tongues and praising God (Acts 10:44-46).
The term saints was first used in Matthew 27:52. At Jesus’ death on the cross—when the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth shook, tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints were raised.
Peter described Church members as saints – the Greek word here is actually hagios, meaning holy. The root meaning and intent is “different.” Paul often began his letters to churches he had planted with a greeting, “to the saints at”. Additionally, the endeartng term saints is used in Hebrews, Jude and Revelation.
In Acts, the apostles were used mightily by the Lord.
Prayer: Father, I want to be bold and available to be used by you for your purpose. Help me be ready to follow through.
Questions: How would you compare Peter’s vision (Acts 10:9-13) with Saul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. What does it reveal about these strong leaders?