4th February 2019

A Devout Man

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.”
Acts 10:1-2 (NKJV)

We notice in Scripture that Centurions are often spoken of favourably. For example, in Luke 7:2-5 we are told that a Centurion built the synagogue in Capernaum, and people reported that “he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” This Centurian had asked Jesus to heal his servant and believed he could do this without coming to his house. In verse 7 when Jesus heard this it says “He marvelled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, ‘I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.’” Not just faith, but GREAT faith.

Scripture tell us that the Centurian Cornelius was a devout man, that he was also God-fearing and totally committed with his household. Cornelius’ prayers and acts of giving were highly pleasing to God. He was praying and in a vision an angel of God said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God” (Acts 10:4).

Peter learned in Acts 10 that wherever there is a heart that is seeking God, God is there and ready to answer. The chapter begins with a man (Cornelius) praying and ends with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on him and his family. When God sees in our hearts a desire, and a hunger for Himself, He will go to the utmost length to meet it.

In Acts 10 we have the wonderful story of the Apostle Peter and Cornelius. It’s a beautiful story of conversion by God’s providence. As a result of this meeting between Peter and Cornelius came many Gentiles converts. As Christians, we don’t know what opportunity God will use in order for His people to bring a person to Him through His Son. Peter was ready when he met Cornelius, and so should we be.

Prayer
Eternal God, we give you grateful thanks for opening our hearts to your truth that Jesus died for all of mankind, and for the relationship we can have with you. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church