“And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but GOD HAS SHOWN me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY, but in EVERY NATION ANYONE WHO FEARS him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” “And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT was poured out EVEN on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,” “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” ‭‭ ‭‭Acts‬ ‭10:15, 28, 34-35‬ ; 45-47 ESV‬‬ “Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. Peter addressed them, ‘You know, I’m sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don’t do this—visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other. So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I’d like to know why you sent for me.’”

Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone. No sooner were these words out of Peter’s mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on “outsider” non-Jews, but there it was—they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God.

Then Peter said, “Do I hear any objections to baptizing these friends with water? They’ve received the Holy Spirit exactly as we did.” Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days. The voice came a second time: “If God says it’s okay, it’s okay.” Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭10:15, 27-29, 34-36, 44-47 MSG‬‬

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