7 comments on “Cornelius and Peter Have Visions

  1. Even though Jesus ministered primarily to Jews, I have been amazed in my studies to discover how many times He ministered to Gentiles also, and how many times He foretold the spread of the kingdom of God to the Gentiles. Why did God have to give Peter a vision before he went to Cornelius? He had seen everything Jesus had done and heard every discourse. Had those lessons not sunken in yet? Was Peter that short-sighted? Was he that stubborn?

    Blessings!

    Steve

    • Good questions Steve! There are commentators who suggest that Peter was a little slow, and some who would say he was a bit stubborn or short-sighted, but I think that is really unfair to Peter as well as to the others who hadn’t quite comprehended this. I think, and you are all free to disagree of course, that the idea of God saving Gentiles was just too radical for the Jewish psyche of their day; it ran against everything they had been taught from the time they were toddlers. It went against the Law of Moses, it went against their traditions, and perhaps most importantly of all, it ran counter to the tremendous resentment they had for their Roman occupiers. In short, God bringing salvation and equality for Gentiles, was simply unthinkable, not just to Peter, but to all of them at the time, and it’s a little shocking to many today as well.

  2. I have so many reborn Christian friends today, some Messianic, others Gentile, who believe that only blacks / whites / Jews / non-Jews etc., can ever hope to see heaven. There is a strong believe, contrary to Jesus’ direct teaching on this, that ONLY the direct lineage of Abraham will ever be saved. Some are about two millennia slower than Peter!

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