How Cornelius Was Born Again

1. - Q. Who was Cornelius?

  • A. - "A centurion (a captain of one hundred soldiers in the ancient Roman army) of the band (regiment) called the Italian band" (regiment) (Acts 10:1).

2. - Q. Where did Cornelius live?

  • A. - "There was a certain man in Caesarea called 'Cornelius" (Acts 10:1).

3. - Q. How was Cornelius' moral status?

  • A. - "A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always" (Acts 10:2).

4. - Q. Who told Cornelius to send for Peter?

  • A. - "He showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, who stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter" (Acts 11:13).

5. - Q. Whom did Cornelius send to Joppa to find Peter?

  • A. - "He called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; and when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa" (Acts 10:7,8).

6. - Q. What did Peter see in a trance just before Cornelius' three men arrived?

  • A. - "Heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, 'Rise, Peter: kill, and eat"' (Acts 10:11-13).

7. - Q. What was Peter's answer to God in this vision?

  • A. - "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean" (Acts 10:14).

8. - Q. What did God in this vision answer Peter concerning his refusal to eat all manner of fourfooted beasts?

  • A. - "What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common" (Acts 10:15).

9. - Q. What did Peter tell Cornelius that God meant by saying, "What God hath cleansed ' that call not thou common?"

  • A. - "God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:28, 34).

10. - Q. What did the angel tell Cornelius that Peter would do for him?"

  • A. - "Tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved" (Acts 11:14). 11. Q. What were some Of the principal words that Peter spoke to Cornelius?
  • A. - "Whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) shall receive remission of sins" (Acts 10:43). 12. Q. What climactic effect did these words which Peter spoke have on Cornelius?
  • A. - "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word" (Acts 10:44).

13. - Q. How many Jewish brethren accompanied Peter to Cornelius' home?

  • A. - "These six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's (Cornelius') house" (Acts 11:12).

14. - Q. How did the six brethren who had accompanied Peter feel when Cornelius and his friends received the Holy Ghost?

  • A. - "They ... were astonished, as many as came with Peter" (Acts 10:45).

15. - Q. How did Peter and his Jewish associates know that Cornelius and his friends had received the Holy Ghost?

  • A. - "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God" (Acts 10:46).

16. - Q. What had Peter formerly told the Jews to do in order to receive the Holy Ghost?

  • A. - "Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins I and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).

17. - Q. What question did Peter ask when he saw the Holy Ghost given to Cornelius and his friends without their being baptized in water?

  • A. - "Can any man forbid water ' that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" (Acts 10:47).

18. - Q. What did Peter finally do about baptizing Cornelius and these friends of his in water?

  • A. - "He commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord" (Acts 10:48).

19. - Q. When Peter returned to Jerusalem, what did the Jews say to him concerning these Gentiles, receiving the Word of God?"

  • A. - "They that were of the circumcision (Jews) contended with him" (Acts 11:2).

20. - Q. What did the apostles in Judea say after Peter had rehearsed the matter in order unto them, giving full details of his call and visit to these Gentiles?

  • A. - "When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified -God, saying, 'Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life"' (Acts 11:18).

Bringing Others to Christ

By George Clark

"They that be wise shall shine as the rightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Dan. 12:3.)

Next to the matchless privilege of knowing Christ, through the forgiveness of sin, is the exalted privilege of bringing others into this personal relationship with Him. From the Scriptures we see how our Lord used a few men to make multitudes of believers. As soon as John the Baptist gained personal acquaintance with Jesus, he turned over to Him Andrew and another one of his followers by that renowned introduction, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

After spending one day with Jesus, Andrew could not rest until he brought his brother Simon Peter, declaring: "We have found the Messias. which is being interpreted, the Christ." Philip, likewise, immediately after meeting Jesus went and found "Nathanael, and saith unto him, 'we have found Him, of Whom Moses in the law and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph."' Nathanael, as you recall, was hesitant at first, but when he came face to face with Jesus, all doubt was swept away.

From the preceding pattern we have a living chain of witnesses running back through the centuries from us to the early disciples. The Church has swept through the ages because its converts have had the desire to bring every soul oppressed by sin to the precious bleeding side of the world's Redeemer, the only source for everlasting salvation. One could not have met a first-century believer without knowing that he was a follower of the Son of God. Reader, if you had spent as much as five minutes with Peter and John, doubtless you would have heard them saying: "We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Paul, I am sure, if he were living here today, would almost persuade our worst atheists to become followers of Christ Jesus. At least, he would preach Christ to them without fear, and then give them an invitation.

We find warmth and enthusiasm in every fellowship where true evangelism comes first in the lives of its members and pastor. Every believer should be seeking lost souls regardless of his qualification. We will find the early disciples reflecting our faults as well as our virtues. They were just plain, ordinary people that Christ picked out and empowered to do extraordinary things. They show what the Lord can really do when we place our few talents in His hands.

Beloved, we are still under the same orders that Jesus gave to His first followers. Our goal is nothing less than to "make disciples of all nations." Indeed, not only is His great commission to evangelize the world ours, but we also share in that blessed promise, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

To every personal worker and evangelist of the gospel of Christ who reads this tract, may I again, in conclusion, call attention to your faithful and oncoming reward: "They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

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