Acts 10:34-44 (Program: 4015, Air date: 10.04.2015)
What would you say if someone were to invite you over to his or her house to explain why you believe what you believe?
That is the story of Cornelius.
Cornelius was a pagan, Roman army officer.
An angel appeared to Cornelius telling him to send for Simon Peter, who could tell Cornelius and his household how to be saved.
Cornelius obeyed and sent for Simon Peter, who was living in Joppa at the house of Simon the tanner.
Simon Peter was a Jew, and Cornelius was a Gentile. In that day, Jews and Gentiles did not have dealings with each other. So, the Lord spoke to Simon Peter through a vision to convince him to go to Cornelius.
Simon Peter obeyed the Lord and went to Cornelius’ house and shared with him why he should believe in Jesus Christ.
Simon Peter gave three lines of evidence, three witnesses; and we use these same three witnesses when we share Jesus today.
THE PERSONAL WITNESS OF THE SAINTS (Acts 10:39)
The apostles were a diverse group, yet they were united in their witness. Among them:
John was young, observant and sensitive.
Peter was a rough, hard-working fisherman.
Simon the Zealot was a political activist.
Nathaniel and Thomas both tended to be skeptical and inquiring.
Matthew was a hardened, political businessman.
Andrew was gentle and compassionate.
Philip was a calculating thinker.
James was a straight shooter.
They were eyewitnesses of the virtuous life of Jesus.
Acts 10:34 & 38
They were eyewitnesses of His vicarious death.
They were eyewitnesses of His victorious resurrection.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we also have a personal witness.
What we have not seen with our physical eyes, we have seen through the eye of faith.
Jesus has called us to be His witnesses, not His lawyers.
THE PROPHETIC WITNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES (Acts 10:43)
The theme of the Old Testament is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fulfilled prophecy is one of the greatest proofs that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
All of the prophets speak in unanimity that Jesus is Lord.
It is estimated that there are more than 300 direct Old Testament prophecies that prophesy the miracle birth and earthly life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
THE PERSUASIVE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT (Acts 10:44)
The Holy Spirit witnesses to us.
1 John 5:9
It is God the Holy Spirit who convicts us of the truth of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit also witnesses in us.
1 John 5:10
When the Holy Spirit witnesses to us and we believe on Him, the witness then lives within us.
The Holy Spirit also witnesses through us.
Once the people believed, Peter commanded them to be baptized.
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
Call upon Jesus Christ today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.