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From Trials to Triumph, Page 71

While Peter was still at Joppa, he was called by God to take the gospel to Cornelius in Caesarea. This Roman centurion was a man of noble birth, and his position was one of honor. Through the Jews he had gained a knowledge of God and worshiped Him with a true heart. He was known far and near for his beneficence and righteous life. The inspired record describes him as “a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” He had erected the altar of God in his home, for he dared not attempt to carry out his plans or to bear his responsibilities without the help of God.

Though Cornelius believed the prophecies, he had no knowledge of the gospel as revealed in the life and death of Christ. But the same Holy Watcher who said of Abraham, “I know him,” knew Cornelius and sent a message direct from heaven to him.

The angel appeared to him while he was at prayer. As the centurion heard himself addressed by name, he said, “What is it, Lord?” The angel answered, “Send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.” Even the occupation of the man with whom Peter was staying was named! Heaven is acquainted with the history and business of men, with the experience and work of the humble laborer as well as with that of the king on his throne.

Frail, Tempted Humans Are the Messengers

The angel was not commissioned to tell Cornelius the story of the cross. A man subject to human frailties and temptations was to tell him of the crucified and risen Saviour. As His representatives God does not choose angels, but human beings, men of like passions with those they seek to save. Christ took humanity that He might reach humanity. A divine-human Saviour was needed to bring salvation to the world. And to men and women has been committed the sacred trust of

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