Step 3: Declare the Good News (10:34-48)
Next time you’re in a Gospel conversation think back to how Peter shared with Cornelius. In sharing the Gospel with Cornelius and his household, Peter focuses upon the person of Christ, his saving work, and the forgiveness that is offered to all who believe. But don’t miss the logical flow of Peter’s Gospel. This Jesus Christ who is Lord of all, stepped into our broken world. In his earthly ministry, evidence of the world’s brokenness began to be undone. Yet, Christ took the penalty for our brokenness, death, upon himself by being nailed to a tree, rose from the dead, and has been appointed the judge of all. And that’s what makes the invitation so sweet. The same one who is both Lord and judge is the very same man who has taken the punishment for all who trust in him and commanded those who know him to take the message of salvation in him to the ends of the earth as he reconciles the nations to himself. The logical conclusion? All who trust in him will be saved.
Yet, Peter’s participation in God’s mission doesn’t end when Cornelius comes to faith in Christ, and neither does ours. Peter stayed for a few days. Don’t miss that—committing himself to discipleship, to seeing the Great Commission carried out, baptizing these new believers, and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded. This should encourage us to recognize our need for community, value discipleship within the body of Christ, and commit ourselves to the long, slow process of sanctification through the means of grace. While we most certainly must be committed to going to the ends of the earth, there is also a time to slow down and abide in Gospel community.