Cornelius the Centurion - Acts 10

Cornelius the Centurion

Acts 10:1-48

In the earlier chapters of the book of Acts all of the Christians were Jews.  Even though they met in private homes for fellowship, they participated in temple activities.  For example, in Acts 3:1 we find Peter and John going up to the temple to pray.  Later the apostles are preaching and teaching in the temple on a daily basis.  Acts 5:42.  In the previous chapter Saul was planning on arresting believers in the synagogues of Damascus.  Immediately after his conversion Paul preached Christ in the synagogues.  Acts 9:20.

One day the apostle Peter had a vision and visitors in that order.  With the vision a voice spoke, "What God has called cleansed you must not call common."  The visitors introduced themselves, and said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you."  They spent the night at Peter's house.

The next day Peter went to Caesarea, and found Cornelius, his relatives, and close friends waiting for him.  When Cornelius met Peter, he fell at his feet and worshiped him.  The apostle lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man."  He added, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation."  This statement helps explain the actions of the early Jewish believers, and their separation from Gentiles.  Through the vision that Peter had seen, he understood the message, that is, "that God shows no partiality."  Acts 10:34.

Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius, a Roman centurion, and those who had gathered in his house.  "While he was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word."  Why do you think that happened?  Like Jews who were saved, they believed in Jesus Christ.  Cornelius and company spoke in tongues and magnified God.  Because of this outward manifestation, Peter understood that "the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also."  Acts 10:44-46.

The apostle Peter "commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord."  Acts 10:48.  They were baptized after they had received the Holy Spirit.

This is a pivotal chapter in the book of Acts.  Peter learned that there isn't any partiality in the preaching of the gospel.  "To Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.Acts 10:43.  From the house of Cornelius the centurion we see the good news of Jesus Christ being spread abroad to Jews and Gentiles alike.  Praise the Lord!


Lord of the harvest, we realize that the field is the world.  Use us as laborers in Your service.  Continue to prepare hearts for the preaching of the glorious gospel of Christ.  Thank You for the convicting, life-changing ministry of Your Spirit.  In Jesus' name.  Amen!


Barnabas, Son of Encouragement - Acts 11


All About God

Scripture taken from the
New King James Version.
Copyright ©
1979, 1980, 1982
by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Used by Permission.
All rights reserved.

Navigation Tips

Since visitors use different browsers and monitors, and have different preferences in how they navigate through a website, we've provided multiple ways to progress through the studies on

1) For those who find drop-down, slide-out menus convenient, just hover over the category (menu link on the top bar) and sub-category (menu link in the drop down list).  If there is an arrow to the right of the item, the articles in that category will slide out.  (If there is no arrow, just click on the item.)  Click on any article to read it.  If you have a "wheel mouse," you should be able to roll it toward you to see more of the drop-down menu.

2) If you are unable to see all the drop-down or slide-out items (or just prefer a different way of navigating), click on the category (menu link on the top bar), then on any sub-category in the list that appears.  You will see a list of articles to choose from OR use our Site Map.

3) Most studies are part of a series (category or sub-category).  Each article within the category has a link to the next article so you can progress easily to the next study.

4) At the top of the page, you will also notice "Breadcrumbs" that show which category and sub-category you are in.  You may click on those links to return to the "parent" category or sub-category list.

5) ANSWERS to Review Questions and Quizzes are found in links at the end of the Review Questions or Quiz.  They may also be accessed by clicking on the category (which will show a list of all articles in the category).  The link at the end of the article will cause a pop up window to appear so you may easily refer to other pages on the site; the link in the Category list will open a normal page.

If you're looking for a particular topic, word, or phrase, try the Search feature in the right column.

Close this box by clicking on the top (dark brown) part again.