In verses 19-20, we read that some of the Christians limited their outreach to Jews, while others shared the Good News with Gentiles as well.
In Acts 11:1-18, Peter faces and answers the charge that he shouldn’t have been eating with non-Jews.
A vision from God seems to do the trick for his critics, who back right off.
1. Peter explains his vision again
2. Barnabas and Saul team up in Antioch
In verses 44-48, we read that the Holy Spirit is poured out on Gentile believers. This is a huge deal!
Now anyone can experience the gift of God’s Spirit, not just the Jews.
In verses 25-43, Peter and Cornelius discuss the events leading up to their unprecedented meeting together.
In verses 23-24, we read about Peter’s overnight road trip to visit Cornelius.
Peter is wondering about the vision, but things start making sense in verses 17-22.
He is invited to visit Cornelius, a faithful Gentile.
Peter is just beginning to understand that the vision is opening the kingdom of God to non-Jews.
In verses 9-16, Peter is commanded by Jesus-in a vision-to eat unclean animals.
This is an unbelievable command for a faithful Jew.
In verses 1-8, we read about the centurion named Cornelius.
It’s significant that he receives a vision from God. He’s a Gentile.
Cornelius wisely obeys the vision and sends representatives to Simon the tanner’s house.