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From Trials to Triumph, Page 73

Cornelius was to be the first of importance among Gentiles. The door that many Jewish converts had closed against Gentiles was now to be thrown open. Gentiles who accepted the gospel were to be equal with Jewish disciples, without the necessity of circumcision.

How carefully the Lord worked to overcome the prejudice in Peter's mind! By the vision He sought to teach that in heaven there is no respect of persons. Through Christ the heathen may be made partakers of the privileges of the gospel.

While Peter was meditating on the vision, the men sent from Cornelius arrived and stood before his lodginghouse. Then the Spirit said to him, “Three men are looking for you. Rise and go down, and accompany them without hesitation; for I have sent them.” RSV.

Peter Finds This a Trying Command

It was with reluctance that Peter undertook the duty laid on him, but he dared not disobey. He went down and said, “I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?” They told him, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.”

In obedience to God, on the following morning the apostle set out, accompanied by six of his brethren. These were to be witnesses of all that he should say or do, for Peter knew he would be called to account for so direct a violation of Jewish teachings.

As Peter entered the house of the Gentile, Cornelius saluted him as one honored of Heaven. Overwhelmed with reverence for the one sent by God to teach him, he fell at the apostle's feet and worshiped him. Peter was horror-stricken and lifted the centurion up, saying, “Stand up; I myself also am a man.”

To the large company of Cornelius's “kinsmen and near friends” Peter said: “Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a Jew to keep company, or come

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