Peter Visits Cornelius (10:1-43). An angel appears to Cornelius, the centurion, a devout and God-fearing man. The angel directed Cornelius to summon Peter that he might listen to the message of good news through Jesus Christ. Peter’s message consisted of: (1) Christ’s earthly ministry, (2) his death and resurrection, and (3) that his resurrection made forgiveness of sins possible for everyone who believes in him.
The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit (10:44-48). While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who heard the message. The Jewish Christians who had accompanied Peter were astonished because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles (see 2:17-21, 33; 11:15-18). Therefore, Peter gave orders to have them baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Practical Lessons: (1) God welcomes all people who fear him and practice what is right (10:34-35). (2) The message of Christ is a message of peace (10:36). (3) Jesus is Lord of all, so the good news can go to all (10:36-43).