“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” Acts 10:38.
Cornelius was not that different from those in the world today who are basically good people but are outside a relationship with Jesus. Though a gentile centurion, he’s described as “a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.”
Peter did not find this “good enough,” though, and first held up Jesus as the perfect man before proclaiming the gospel.
Jesus spent His three-year ministry looking for opportunities to do good in a selfless and benevolent life. We have four gospel accounts that give us many examples of how we as His followers can live our lives as He did while He walked this earth in the flesh, made like His brothers in every way.
However, more than just Jesus’ commitment to the value of benevolence that we should imitate, this account shows how Jesus’ example can be and should be held up to those who are basically good people so that they might obey the gospel like Cornelius did.
Do you tell who Jesus is?
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