Witnesses to the Gentile conversion

Acts Bible Background

07.03.2015 New Testament: Acts 11.11–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 11 on July 3, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Peter went to the home of a Gentile and preached to his family and friends. However, when the church in Jerusalem heard about this, they confronted Peter about it. He showed that there were plenty of witnesses to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Gentiles, showing that God accepted them too,

“At that very moment, three men stood before the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea. Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house” (Acts 11.11–12). 

Three from Caesarea, six with Peter, plus Peter himself, equals ten witnesses to the gift of the Spirit falling upon the Gentiles. How could any follower of Jesus Christ disagree and say that Gentiles were not welcome in the body of Christ?

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