Acts 10 Conversion of Cornelius
Summary

The theme of the book of Acts is the spreading of the gospel to the entire world. That is not simply a geographical theme but a message that the gospel is intended for all mankind. To this point in the text, those accepting the gospel have been Jewish. Here the gospel goes out directly to a Gentile for the first time. He and his household are saved by Jesus on the same basis as the Jews. That is established by their hearing the same message, accepting the gospel by the same faith and obedience, and receiving the Holy Spirit as had those on the day of Pentecost. In a sense, therefore, this is a turning point because while other Jews will become Christians, the focus will be upon taking the gospel to the Gentile world.

People
  • Cornelius
  • A Roman centurion

  • Peter
  • The apostle who preaches to Cornelius

  • Household of Cornelisu
  • Join Cornelius in becoming Christians

Places
  • Caesarea Maritima
  • Where Cornelius was stationed with Roman military

  • Joppa
  • Where Peter had been staying and where he received his vision

Perspectives

Even persons of fine character, need to hear the gospel and obey it to be saved.

All men are in need of the gospel and are accepted upon fearing God and working righteousness.

The gospel message to the Gentiles was the same message preached to the Jews.