Peter sees a canvas sheet let down from heaven, filled with unclean animals. A voice from heaven commands Peter to kill and eat. Peter refuses, objecting, “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean!”
Then the voice tells him:
What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy. 10:15
This happens three times. It seems like Peter is always told the same thing three times :).
[Gospel goes to the Gentiles]
Cornelius, a Roman army officer, also sees a vision. A man in the vision tells him to summon Peter. Until Peter saw the vision, his ministry was focused on the Jews. But now, Peter tells Cornelius,
You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. 28
We are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord. 33
I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 34, 35
God is at work again. Raising the bar for the Jewish apostles to include aliens as their own fellows.
I’ll clean them up. I’ll make them worthy. You just go and let them know that is so.
At first, God had picked Jews and established rules and rituals that are physical and concrete. It’s like teaching children with flash cards. What is clean and unclean.
Then, he graduate them to the spiritual realm in which what is clean and unclean is not defined by race or any other physical attributes but by whether or not a person has been cleansed by God or not.
True Christians will see that all of us are important to God. Hope KKK brothers will see that also.
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