Wonderful Words of Life
August 14, 2005
INTRODUCTION: After Cornelius rehearsed his experience with the angel, he then told Peter why he had been summoned: to tell him, his family, and his friends how they could be saved.
Acts 11:14, 'who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.'
They were not interested Gentiles asking for a lecture on Jewish religion. They were lost sinners begging to be told how to be saved.
Let's emphasize some important truths:
1. "One religion is as good as another" is completely false.
Those who tell us "not to attempt to change other people's
religions" are going contrary to Scripture. There is no
salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ. Some might say,
"Leave Cornelius alone! His religion is a part of his
culture, and it's a shame to change his culture." Apart
from hearing the message of the gospel and trusting Christ,
Cornelius had no hope.
2. Luke 19:10, "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to
save that which was lost."
Jesus will always find the seeking sinner.
Jeremiah 29:13, "And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart."
God responds to the searching heart. You never know when your witness for Christ is exactly what somebody has been waiting and praying for.
3. Peter was privileged to minister to a group of people who
were present, wanted to hear the word, they listened,
believed, and obeyed.
This passage is in the context of a story where both Peter and Cornelius both were prepared by God and both responded obediently to His directions.
I. THE ANSWER THAT TELLS OF SALVATION.
A. THE EXPRESSION OF WHO SALVATION IS
"In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality."
Peter suddenly saw that a righteous, God-fearing Gentile was just as acceptable to God as a ri ...
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