“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Peter and some other believers left the morning after the vision, along with the messenger sent to him, for a visit to Cornelius. When they arrived, Cornelius had made arrangements for a big meal; all of his relatives had been invited, and Cornelius asked Peter to share everything with them that God had given to Peter to share.
Peter acknowledged that it was improper for a Jew to associate with Gentiles, and how God had sent him a vision to show him that He had declared them to be considered unclean no more, after which Peter began to tell them all about Jesus (10:36-43).
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (10:44)
The significance of this sentence would be almost impossible to over-emphasize, for now, just as the Holy Spirit had come upon the apostles at Pentecost, He had come upon Gentiles for the very first time, for truly the Kingdom of heaven had come to Cornelius’ house. The Jewish believers who had made the trip with Peter were “astonished” for they actually heard the Gentiles speaking in tongues, just as the apostles had done, and to the Jewish mindset, this was unthinkable. Peter spoke to his cohorts:
“Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” (10:47)
All of those Gentiles were baptized; oh yes dear reader, this was the dawn of a whole new age.
Yet when Peter returned to Jerusalem, he would have some explaining to do.