Acts 10: 44-48
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 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. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 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.
The Holy Spirit had brought two very different people together to learn from each other. Cornelius was a wealthy Gentile solider while Peter was a Jewish fisherman who became a witness of Jesus Christ. Cornelius became a Christian believer in Jesus Christ by the witness of Peter’s preaching. Peter soon learned from Cornelius that Christianity was not only for the Jews but that the Gentiles could receive the same Holy Spirit that they received while in the Upper Room. So Peter ordered for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Peter was then invited to stay with them a few days probably, to learn more about Jesus and to fellowship with each other. Do you think that we as believers should seek more power from the Holy Spirit than what we have received? How about praising God while speaking in tongues?
Father thank you that we believers are all part of the one body of Jesus Christ. We are all working together as one to grow to become more like Christ while showing his love to the world to produce fruit for his Kingdom. Teach us more about your Holy Spirit that we may receive more love and power to work to bring others to you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.