Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | May 6, 2009

Day 6: Pentecost Comes To The Gentiles (God plays no favorites!)

*above clip is of Elder Michael Fields and Refuge Temple DC COOLJC*

Acts 10:45-46 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

Today makes the 6th of 31 days of Pentecost that we are celebrating. I pray that you have been truly blessed thus far. Keep in mind you can use these days to witness to someone who perhaps does not understand why you believe in what you believe. I also pray that if you dont know the Lord Jesus Christ and the Power of His resurection that you accept Him today, for truly, Jesus is Lord Of Pentecost. Expect to experience Pentecost today!

Now that salvation has come to the Jews, its time to see how salvation came to the Gentiles (basically the dogs of society). You see, its God’s will that all should come unto Him and NOT perish. Lets go into the Holy Scriptures and read the story on how in fact the Gentiles were able to experience Pentecost. After you finish reading these scriptures, you’ll be able to answer the following questions. What was their (the Gentiles) experience like? Who witnessed this? Turn to Acts 10:9-48

The next day as the three travelers were approaching the town, Peter went out on the balcony to pray. It was about noon. Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open up. Something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came: “Go to it, Peter—kill and eat.” Peter said, “Oh, no, Lord. I’ve never so much as tasted food that was not kosher.” The voice came a second time: “If God says it’s okay, it’s okay.” This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies.

As Peter, puzzled, sat there trying to figure out what it all meant, the men sent by Cornelius showed up at Simon’s front door. They called in, asking if there was a Simon, also called Peter, staying there. Peter, lost in thought, didn’t hear them, so the Spirit whispered to him, “Three men are knocking at the door looking for you. Get down there and go with them. Don’t ask any questions. I sent them to get you.” Peter went down and said to the men, “I think I’m the man you’re looking for. What’s up?” They said, “Captain Cornelius, a God-fearing man well-known for his fair play—ask any Jew in this part of the country—was commanded by a holy angel to get you and bring you to his house so he could hear what you had to say.” Peter invited them in and made them feel at home.

The next morning he got up and went with them. Some of his friends from Joppa went along. A day later they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had his relatives and close friends waiting with him. The minute Peter came through the door, Cornelius was up on his feet greeting him—and then down on his face worshiping him! Peter pulled him up and said, “None of that—I’m a man and only a man, no different from you.” Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. Peter addressed them, “You know, I’m sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don’t do this—visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other. So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I’d like to know why you sent for me.” Cornelius said, “Four days ago at about this time, midafternoon, I was home praying. Suddenly there was a man right in front of me, flooding the room with light. He said, ‘Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God’s attention. I want you to send to Joppa to get Simon, the one they call Peter. He’s staying with Simon the Tanner down by the sea.'”So I did it—I sent for you. And you’ve been good enough to come. And now we’re all here in God’s presence, ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us.”

Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone. “You know the story of what happened in Judea. It began in Galilee after John preached a total life-change. Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.”And we saw it, saw it all, everything he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem where they killed him, hung him from a cross. But in three days God had him up, alive, and out where he could be seen. Not everyone saw him—he wasn’t put on public display. Witnesses had been carefully handpicked by God beforehand—us! We were the ones, there to eat and drink with him after he came back from the dead. He commissioned us to announce this in public, to bear solemn witness that he is in fact the One whom God destined as Judge of the living and dead. But we’re not alone in this. Our witness that he is the means to forgiveness of sins is backed up by the witness of all the prophets.”

No sooner were these words out of Peter’s mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on “outsider” non-Jews, but there it was—they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God.

Then Peter said, “Do I hear any objections to baptizing these friends with water? They’ve received the Holy Spirit exactly as we did.” Hearing no objections, he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay on for a few days.

So what we learned from this story is pretty straight forward (I kinda like the Message Bible because it really puts things in plain English, you know, almost like a summary . . . plus I know how the Saints are……yall will go to sleep reading all the thee’s and thou’s). Ok, long story short, Peter (who was a Jewish Man that obviously did not eat pork and shell fish) has a vision that says to get up and eat these unclean animals. We later find out that the unclean animals represent the gentiles (the outsiders or the non chosen ones). Fast forwarding, Peter goes to Cornelius house and preaches the Gospel (good news) of the Lord Jesus Christ! This house was full of outsiders. Being obedient, Peter preaches one good ole revival and the Holy Ghost falls on the gentiles. The Jewish people that were with Peter could not believe it. Huh? The Gentiles (dogs / outsiders / people of another race other than Jew) just got the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues just like the Jewish people did on the original day of Pentecost. After all of this, they all were baptised in Jesus Name. So we see today, God plays no favorites. Pentecost is for every race, every language, every kindred! We also can draw the conclusion that since both the jews and gentiles received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues and both were baptised in Jesus Name, this has to be the NEW BIRTH EXPERIENCE Jesus was speaking of when he told Nicodemus that unless you are born of the water and of the Spirit you will not inherit the kingdom of God! Praise God for this wonderful revelation! God truly plays no favorites!

Starting at day 7, we are going to fast forward and start discussing how the modern day Pentecostal Apostolic experience came into existance. We will go over some Pentecostal history, discuss the fathers of the modern Pentecostal movement. Its going to be a real treat. So sit back, relax and continue to read on in Jesus Name.


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