“What Order Were They Saved”
I said yesterday, that Cornelius and peter would be part of a historical event.
Please read the following verses and see if you spot it.
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
37 You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen — by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Did you find it? It is in verse 34. When John the Baptist came to town, he had a water baptizing ministry. If you remember, he would say repent and be baptized. Later, after Jesus returned to heaven, it was repent, be baptized and then you will receive the Holy Spirit.
So in this historical event, Peter is preaching and the Holy Spirit comes first. He hardly knows what to do. if they have the Holy Spirit first, we better hurry and water baptize them.
In this age of grace, many think they have to reach a certain level od sinlessness to be saved. But just like Cornelius, when we believe Jesus and the finished work of the cross, we are baptized by the Holy Spirit. We are accepted by Jesus Christ right where we are. Then the Holy Spirit begins to change us from there.
There is a true saying. The Lord will accept us right where we are at. But He loves us too much to let us stay there. Allow the Lord to change and use you according to His will.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing