Cornelius Vision Part 4 of 4

by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)

7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to
Joppa.
Still, very much in the dark about what God had in store for him, Cornelius neither questioned the angel further nor hesitated in complying with his directions. He called for two of his servants and a “devout” soldier, who was probably a worshipper of God like himself. The Greek text adds that all three “continually waited on him,” which is a classical expression for “orderlies,” for those who are most tried and true. Cornelius was thus careful to choose his most trustworthy attendants to go to Joppa and seek Peter. “He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside” was all the address the three men needed. The odor of those hides down in that vat will lead them to the right place.
And when he had declared all these things unto them indicates that he explained to them everything concerning the vision and the angel, and the instructions given by the angel.


SCRIPTURE REFERENCE AND SPECIAL NOTES:
{1] Patrician: a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome: a person of high birth: aristocrat.
{2] Plebeian: one of the common people; but a Roman citizen.
{3] Centurion: a Roman officer commanding 100 men.
{4] Herod Agrippa: a Judean monarch during the 1st century AD. The grandson of Herod the Great and son of Herod Agrippa II. Christian and Jewish history take different views of this king, with the Christians largely opposing Agrippa and the Jews largely favoring Agrippa.
{5] Alms: something (like money or food) given freely to relieve the poor; charity.
{6] Enduement: an infusing or endowing with the Spirit of God.
{7] Luke 3:21; 6:12-16; 9:18-22, 28-31; 22:39-46; Acts 1:14; 13:1-3.
{8] But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
{9] (Acts 9:30) Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
{10] (Matt. 28:19-20) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
{11] (Acts 14:27) And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
{12] (Ps. 141:1-2) LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
{13] (Acts 11:13-14) And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send

men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved .
{14] (Acts 10:14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
{15] (Eph. 2:14-18)For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
{16](Eph. 2:11-13) Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
{17] (Rom. 3:22-23) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
{18](Rom. 10:12-13) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
{19] (Acts 10:30) And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
{20] (Gal. 2:14-17) But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews ? 15We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
{21] (Acts 13:16) Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
{22] (Acts 10:35) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

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