Acts 10:34–43 (ESV)
Gentiles Hear the Good News
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of
peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about
doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third
day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God
to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Peter gives a brief history of Jesus
as being the Son of God and the sharing of the Good News. The text is pretty clear to understand, but I want to point out two things. Notice that there are parts of the Creed in this reading: “40 but God raised
him on the third day” and “he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.” The words are not exact, but these phrases support our Creed. The Creed
is man made, it is not found anywhere in the Bible written out like we use it, but every sentence in the Creed is based on Scriptures. The Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed are very Biblically based. Some denominations may say they don’t
use man-made Creeds, however they cannot find anything wrong with the Creeds because they are Biblically correct.
The second part I want to point out is verse 43: “43 To him all the prophets bear witness
that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” The important words are “everyone who believes.” That includes Jews and Gentiles. It includes people from all nations, all colors, and all
languages. The word “everyone” is very open. Just like John 3:16 says “everyone who believes” includes all people. The ministry is open to all people who believe.
pray: O Lord, help me to preach and share the Word of God to all people. Being a Gentile, help me to know that I am included and I am part of “everyone who believes” because I do believe. Help me to not look down on others,
but see that all need Jesus love and what he has done for them. Let the Holy Spirit work through me and my congregation to share the Good News to everyone. Amen.