It would have to take an act of God to convince the Jews to accept the gentiles as brothers in Christ. Clearly, years of tradition and mutual disdain would hamper the free flow of ideas between God’s chosen people and the rest of the world that had persecuted, separated and sought to destroy them throughout time.
So God first showed Peter as the leader of the church and the other leaders that it was his plan to change the world; not just the Jews. He used a beloved member of a hated community a God fearing Roman Centurion and his family and he gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit to seal them as part of his chosen. After hearing the story, the leaders had to agree that it was God that opened the message to the entire world. As such, they embraced the idea and planned to spread the world to the ends of the earth.
The message is still for all who will believe. There is no distinction in God’s eyes. He does not care about race, political affiliation, wealth or background. He simply cares that his people will humble themselves and follow him and him only! If one is willing to do that, he will restore the broken relationship and forever accept you as one of his own. What a gift, what a promise!
God Bless You
The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him
and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:
“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’
This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
“Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.
The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house.
“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”
When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”