The Acts of the Apostles
Biblical Visions of Angels in the Bible
Peter Vision of Angel Story
Back for a little more Daily Bread study from the Book of the Acts of
the Apostles, I see. Awesome ... So many people choose to read many
other different kinds of literature, when the Word of God, is the
best book ever written, and, you can read it over and over
again, and you'll understand something new every time.
Our study begins with a man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion
of the band called the Italian band. Now let's stop here for two tiny
little Daily Bread Crumbs. The first one is a review of a previous
Crumb. A centurion is a captain of 100 soldiers. The second one is
the definition of the word band. A band in this case, is a
mass of men that are Italian military cohorts. So, from this we can
assume that Cornelius is a Roman (Gentile) officer living in
Caesarea, who is in charge of a squad of 100 soldiers.
Cornelius was a man devoted to the Lord. He and his family feared
God, gave much charity to the people, and prayed to God always. One
day at about 3 p.m. he had an open vision of an Angel of God coming
in to him, and saying, Cornelius.
Biblical Visions of Angels From God
Peter Vision of Angel Path
Time for a Daily Bread Stick! What is an open vision? It's a
vision that occurs when a person is conscious and an evident message
is given to them from God. It's like a dream, only the person
receiving the vision is awake. In the Old Testament it's described as
being in a trance with your eyes open.
When Cornelius looked at the Angel, he was afraid and said, What is
it, Lord? The Angel said to him, Your prayers and your alms have been
noticed by God. Now, send men to Joppa, and ask for Peter, who lodges
with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the seaside. He'll tell you
what you should do.
When the Angel left, Cornelius called two of his household servants,
and a godly soldier of those who served him continually. He told them
about the vision and sent them to Joppa. The next day, as they
traveled and came near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to
pray at about noon. He became very hungry, and would have eaten, but
while they prepared food, he fell into a trance.
He saw Heaven opened, and a certain vessel coming down upon him, like
a great sheet, drawn together at the four corners, and let down to
the earth. There were all kinds of four footed beasts of the earth
and wild animals, and creeping things and birds of the air in it. And
a voice came to him saying, Get up Peter. Kill and eat.
Biblical Visions of Angels Bible Study
Peter Vision of Angel Adventure
But, Peter said, Oh no, Lord, I've never eaten anything that's common
(unsanctified) or unclean. The voice spoke to him again a
second time, What God has cleansed, do not call common. This was done
three times and the vessel was taken up again into Heaven.
While Peter wondered in his heart what this vision meant, the men who
were sent from Cornelius had asked for directions to Simon's house
and stood outside the gate, asking whether Peter was there. While
Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, Look, three
men are looking for you.
Get down from the roof and go with them, doubting nothing, because I
sent them. Peter went down to the men and said, I'm the one you're
looking for. Why have you come? They said, Cornelius the centurion, a
just man, and one who fears God, and of good reputation among all the
nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a Holy Angel to send for
you at this house and to listen to you.
You can sense that the Gentiles still feel that the Jewish people
think of them as inferior, the way they felt like they had to justify
Cornelius' worthiness of Peter to go see him. He called them in and
gave them accommodations, and the next day, Peter went away with them
with certain friends from Joppa accompanying. The next day they
entered into Caesarea, and Cornelius waited for them, and had invited
his relatives and neighboring friends.
Biblical Visions of Angels Bible Lesson
Peter Vision of Angel Tale
As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet
and worshiped him. Put Peter lifted him up, and said, Stand up, I
myself am also a man. And as he talked with him, he went inside, and
found that many were gathered together. Peter said to them, You know
how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is Jewish to keep company
or go to the home of someone from another nation, but God has shown
me that I shouldn't call any man common or unclean. So I came to you
without argument, as soon as I was sent for. Now I ask you, for what
reason you have sent for me?
Cornelius answered, Four days ago, I was fasting until this hour, and
at 3 p.m. I prayed in my house and suddenly a man stood in front of
me in bright clothing and said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard and
your alms have been noticed by God. Send to Joppa and call Peter
here, and when he arrives, he'll speak to you. So I immediately sent
for you and it was good of you to come. We're all present here before
God now, to hear all the things that are commanded to you, of God.
Biblical Visions of Angels Research
Peter Vision of Angel Facts
Remember here, that Peter is used to the concept of spreading the
Good News to the Jewish people only, because when Jesus was
with the Apostles, Jesus said that He was there for the lost sheep
of Israel. But the Lord has just opened Peter's eyes to the fact
that it is now the Time of the
Gentiles and there is no impartiality of nations, He wants
everyone to be saved.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I
perceive that God is no respecter of persons [fair to everyone]:
35 But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with Him.
36 The Word which God sent unto the children of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all:)
37 That Word, I say, ye know, which was published
throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism
which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all
that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in
the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before
God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from
42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to
testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of
quick [living] and dead.
43 To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His
name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.
Biblical Visions of Angels Hope
Peter Vision of Angel Journey
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Ghost fell on all those who
heard the Word. These are gentiles and they had not been baptized
with water but the Holy Spirit came upon them anyway. The Jewish
people who believed (those who came with Peter) were surprised,
because the gift of the Holy Ghost was also poured out on the
They heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then Peter
asked, Can any man forbid water, that these shouldn't be baptized,
who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we have? And he commanded
them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. And they asked Peter to
stay with them for awhile.
The Lord works in mysterious ways alright! Sometimes you may receive
a message from God in a dream or in a vision, and you may not know
the meaning of it until a later time. The important thing is to open
your heart to Him, because you never know if He's guiding you in the
way to saving a soul for Him.
Biblical Visions of Angels Bible Summary
Peter Vision of Angel Conclusion
Here's another great thing to note. Peter spoke to Cornelius and his
friends and family for the space of about one minute, and they
believed and received the Holy Spirit within that time. He can work
through you that quickly too. Open your heart to Him.
Come back soon for another Daily Bread and we'll find out about more
adventures, and accomplishments of the apostles as we continue our
study of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. See you again!
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