Daily Manna Devotional 21-12-18
Friday 21st December 2018
TEXT: ACTS 10:34-48
KEY VERSE: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:34,35).
Cornelius, the centurion was a devout man who feared God with his household, gave much alms to the people and prayed always. But he was not saved. God was concerned; so, He sent an angel directing him to send for Apostle Peter who was to instruct him on how he could be saved.
Peter came and met him with some near relatives and friends gathered to hear him. After explaining how “unlawful” it was for the Jews to associate with men of other nations, he proceeded to tell them of the redemptive work of Christ. He explained how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power to do good works of preaching, healing and delivering the oppressed, and how the gospel message was spread throughout the land, even at Jerusalem where He was crucified.
But then, He rose up the third day and showed Himself to His disciples and commanded them to take the message of forgiveness of sins through His name to all men. As he was speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on the Gentiles to the surprise of the Jews that were with Peter.
The will of God is that all men should be saved by faith in the finished work of Christ. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ which encapsulate the gospel message are the most important news item ever given in world history. That the vilest of all sinners who places his faith in Christ can be saved and made a saint within minutes is the greatest miracle of God.
No one today, no matter how sinful, has any excuse not to receive the free salvation Christ has purchased for all. Every living person must take advantage of the gospel message to receive pardon and salvation and avoid an eternity of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is not willing that any should perish.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Hebrews 1-6