Peter Reports to the Church

Acts 11

1 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, a those of the circumcision contended with him, 3 saying, b "You went in to uncircumcised men c and ate with them!" 4 But Peter explained it to them d in order from the beginning, saying: 5 e "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me. 6 "When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 7 "And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' 8 "But I said, 'Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.' 9 "But the voice answered me again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not call common.' 10 "Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 "At that very moment, three men stood before the house where I was, having been sent to me from Caesarea. 12 "Then f the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover g these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13 h "And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, 'Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, 14 'who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.' 15 "And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, i as upon us at the beginning. 16 "Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, j 'John indeed baptized with water, but k you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 17 l "If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, m who was I that I could withstand God?" 18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, n "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life."

  1. Cross References
    Acts 10:45
    And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 9:11
    And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
    Acts 10:28
    Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
  3. Cross References
    Galatians 2:12
    For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
  4. Cross References
    Luke 1:3
    It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 10:9
    The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
  6. Cross References
    John 16:13
    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
    Acts 10:19
    While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are seeking you.
    Acts 15:7
    And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
  7. Cross References
    Acts 10:23
    Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 10:30
    So 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.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 2:1 - 4
    When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
    Acts 15:7 - 9
    And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 3:11
    I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance...
    Mark 1:8
    "I indeed baptized you with water, but He will ...
    John 1:26
    John answered them, saying, "I baptize with wat...
    John 1:33
    "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to bapt...
    Acts 1:5
    "for John truly baptized with water, but you sh...
    Acts 19:4
    Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a ba...
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:3
    For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 15:8
    So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us.
    Acts 15:9
    And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 10:47
    "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One ...
    Isaiah 42:6
    I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, ...
    Isaiah 49:6
    Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that Y...
    Luke 2:32
    A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, An...
    John 11:52
    And not for that nation only, but also that He ...
    Romans 10:12
    For there is no distinction between Jew and Gre...
    Romans 10:13
    For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shal...
    Romans 15:9
    And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His...
    Romans 15:16
    That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to t...
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