Acts 10 Outline
– An angel instructed Cornelius to send men to Joppa to bring Peter (Acts 10:1-6)
– Cornelius sent men to bring Peter to his house (Acts 10:7-8)
– Peter had a vision of a large sheet with a variety of four footed animals (Acts 10:9-18)
– The Holy Spirit told Peter that three men are looking for him outside (Acts 10:19-22)
– Peter went to Joppa along with the men sent by Cornelius (Acts 10:23-24)
– Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house (Acts 10:25)
– Peter revealed to Cornelius and the large gathering that God told him not to call anything God has made clean as unclean in a vision (Acts 10:27-29)
– Cornelius repeated his vision to Peter (Acts 10:30-33)
– Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:34-43)
– The Holy Spirit filled Cornelius and his household and they started to speak in tongues as Peter was preaching (Acts 10:44-46)
– Peter baptized Cornelius and his household in the name of Jesus (Acts 10:47-48)
Acts 10 Summary
Cornelius, a centurion, was a kind and generous man. One day, an angel spoke to him in a vision at about the ninth hour of the day. The angel told Cornelius that his prayer and offerings to the poor has come up as a memorial to God. The angel instructed Cornelius to send men to Joppa to ask for a man named Simon, who is called Peter to come. The angel revealed to Cornelius that Peter was living in the house of Simon, the tanner. After that, Cornelius told his dream to his 2 servants and a devout soldier and sent them to Joppa to bring Peter to him.
As they are approaching, Peter went up to the roof to pray. As the meal was being prepared, he became hungry and he fell into a trance. In a vision, he saw heaven opened and a large sheet that contains all kinds of four footed animals, reptiles and birds was let down onto the earth. Then, a voice tell Peter to kill and eat but Peter replied he will never eat anything unclean. The voice called out for a second time, telling Peter not to call anything unclean when God has made it clean. This take place 3 times before the sheet was taken back to heaven. As Peter pondered about the vision, the men sent by Cornelius came.
The Holy Spirit tell Peter that three men are searching for him and that he should not be hesitate to go with them. Immediately, Peter went down and told him he is the one they are looking for. The next day, Peter and some brethen from Joppa followed the men sent by Cornelius.
Cornelius had gathered his relatives and close friends in his house to listen to what Peter had to say. When Peter arrived, he saw the large gathering. He told them about the vision of the large sheet he had yesterday and that God is telling him not to call any man unclean so he didn’t hesitate to visit Cornelius, who is a Gentile. He asked Cornelius why he sent him. Cornelius repeated his dream to him.
Peter started to preach the gospel to Cornelius. As Peter was preaching the gospel, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in different tongues. Hearing them speaking in different tongues, the circumcised believers were astonished. Then, Peter baptized Cornelius and his whole household in the name of Jesus Christ.
Acts 10 Bible Study
1. The gospel is for everyone
In Acts 10:9-16, God gave Peter a vision of a large sheet that contains all kinds of animals being let down from heaven onto the earth. God instructed Peter never to call anything unclean that God has made clean. God is telling Peter not to avoid the Gentiles because the gospel is for them as well. Anyone who believe in Jesus Christ can be saved. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commanded his disciples to go unto all the nations and preach the good news.
2. Obey the Holy Spirit
In Acts 10:19, the Holy Spirit told Peter that three men are looking for him and that he should not hesitate to go with them. Peter went with them and eventually the whole household of Cornelius came to faith in Jesus Christ and they were all baptized. The Holy Spirit can speak to us from time to time. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit speak to you or prompt you to do something, you must not ignore him (1 Corinthians 6:19).
3. The speaking of tongue language is a spiritual gift
In Acts 10:44-46, the Holy Spirit descended on those who were hearing Peter’s message and they started to speak in different tongues. Speaking in different tongue is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10). When you speak in tongues, you are edifying yourself. However, he who interpret the tongue language prophesy and edify the church (1 Corinthians 14:4-5). The Holy Spirit helps us to intercede for God of groans we cannot describe with words according to the will of God when we pray in tongue (Romans 8:26-27).