A C T S.
It is a turn very new and remarkable which the
story of this chapter gives to the Acts of the apostles; hitherto,
both at Jerusalem and every where else where the ministers of
Christ came, they preached the gospel only to the Jews, or those
Greeks that were circumcised and proselyted to the Jews' religion;
but now, "Lo, we turn to the Gentiles;" and to them the door of
faith is here opened: good news indeed to us sinners of the
Gentiles. The apostle Peter is the man that is first employed to
admit uncircumcised Gentiles into the Christian church; and
Cornelius, a Roman centurion or colonel, is the first that with his
family and friends is so admitted. Now here we are told, I. How
Cornelius was directed by a vision to send for Peter, and did send
for him accordingly, ver.
1-8. II. How Peter was directed by a vision to go to
Cornelius, though he was a Gentile, without making any scruple of
it, and did go accordingly, ver.
9-23. III. The happy interview between Peter and
Cornelius at Cesarea, ver.
24-33. IV. The sermon Peter preached in the house of
Cornelius to him and to his friends, ver. 34-43. V. The baptizing of Cornelius
and his friends with the Holy Ghost first, and then with water,