by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 11 (23 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

The Gospel Spreads To The Gentiles

1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea
heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of

Word traveled to Jerusalem that the gospel had reached
the gentiles.

2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that
were of the circumcision contended with him,
3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and
didst eat with them.

The Christians, who were Jewish, began to criticize
and were hostile to Peter. Their reasoning? Peter
had fellowshipped and had accepted the gentiles as his
own. For Peter to eat with the gentiles was a means
of acceptance of them. This behavior of Peter was no
doubt against the teachings of Judaism. But the Lord
will make it clear through Peter that all of their
misgivings and beliefs relative to gentiles was going
to take a major turn.

4 But Peter rehearsed [the matter] from the
beginning, and expounded [it] by order unto them,
5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance
I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had
been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four
corners; and it came even to me:
6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I
considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth,
and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the
7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter;
slay and eat.
8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or
unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What
God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.
10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn
up again into heaven.
11 And, behold, immediately there were three men
already come unto the house where I was, sent from
Caesarea unto me.
12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing
doubting. Moreover these six brethren accom ...

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