the Caesarea miracle

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the Caesarea miracle

Acts 10:44-48 (JDV)

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Sacred Breath came down on all those who heard the message.
Acts 10:45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Sacred Breath had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speaking in other languages and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter reacted,
Acts 10:47 “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Sacred Breath just as we have?”
Acts 10:48 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.

the Caesarea miracle

This was not an exact reproduction of the miracle of Pentecost. The Jews who had accompanied Peter to the house of Cornelius did not hear the Gentile believers speaking in Hebrew. They were speaking in “other languages” — presumably their own. But the Jews did understand that these Gentile believers were “declaring the greatness of God.” The sign that demonstrated that these Gentiles had accepted the gospel — was worship.

Why were these Gentile believers declaring God’s greatness? The focus of Peter’s testimony to them had been Jesus Christ. Peter commanded that they be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ.” The Caesarea miracle was not speaking in tongues. It was the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lord, use us to advance your gospel to the next Caesarea.

What did these Gentiles respond to? (video)

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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