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Job 22—24, Acts 11 • Key Verse: Acts 11:17
Reaching across the barriers of prejudice will probably be noticed—and questioned. Staying with
the familiar is comfortable; changing is not. If the barriers are long-standing ones, then change is
that much harder and that much more resisted.
Peter stepped across the line, in the minds of some, when he went into the home of a Gentile,
Cornelius. “The circumcised believers criticized him” (v. 2), and Peter was called on the
carpet to explain his actions.
He explained everything to them, vision and all, along with his own reluctance. Then he said,
“The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them” (v. 12).
He told his critics that the Holy Spirit came on those Gentiles just as He had come on them. Peter
concluded by saying, “So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord
Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?” (v. 17).
That ended the discussion. Instead of Continuing to criticize him, they praised God that even the
Gentiles were being given repentance unto life. They realized that the Gospel is for all, not just
some.
We need to remember that all people need Jesus, no matter what their race, social standing,
morals or anything else. And Jesus can make us one.
“God, help me examine my heart and show me if there are any others toward whom I harbor
wrong feelings. May I see all as needing Jesus and see all who know Jesus as my brothers
and sisters in Christ.”
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett
www.backtothebible.in

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