Re:Verse reading–Acts 11:1-26 (day four)
They are words that would be an excellent epitaph…”And I remembered the word of the Lord.” (V. 16) The Holy Spirit brought to Peter’s mind what Jesus had taught them. Then, Peter applied that insight to the present and acted on it. Wouldn’t you want to encounter a need or opportunity and then “remember the word of the Lord”? There was no arguing once the source of authority was identified.
What was the result of Peter’s obediently acting on the word of the Lord? The Gentiles received the repentance that leads to life. As believers in Christ, this should be our desire…that our lives would lead others to a saving faith, a repentance that leads to life. This experience was against everything that Peter had been taught as a Jewish boy. He chose to follow the word of the Lord though, rather than his emotions or feelings. God’s Word is not always in sync with the popular culture or opinions of the day, but it will never fail to lead others to God and bring Him glory!