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  • Bishop Keith Butler

And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. (Acts 10:28)


In Acts 10:28, Peter was staring at a room full of Gentiles wanting to know more about Jesus. Suddenly, he understood the illustration that the Holy Spirit had shown him earlier with the sheet coming down from heaven full of unclean animals. The Lord will do that to you as well; He will use everyday things to illustrate spiritual truths to you.

In Acts 1:8 – Jesus told His disciples, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem [Jews], and in all Judaea [Jews], and in Samaria [half Jews], and unto the uttermost part of the earth [non-Jews].”


So, we see that Jesus already told Peter that he would minister to people who were not of Jewish origin, but he didn’t get it. Similarly, God can speak things to you, but without revelation, you won’t understand. Jesus told His disciples to take the Gospel to the entire world. When they heard the word world, they thought of only their world. In other words, they wanted to minister to people who were just like them. Today we shouldn’t minister to only black folk or white folk or my folk. The Gospel is for everyone. Biblically, there are only two groups of people - the Jews, those who have accepted Jesus, and the lost. When you limit your ministry to a particular group, you are outside of what God said.


My job is to minister to every human being wherever the Lord tells me to go – regardless of color, creed, shape, size, or sex. They are all a part of my family. They are brothers and sisters in Christ. I have heard too many people say, “Well, I am supposed to minister to black people.” That’s not in the Bible. Mark 16:15 says to Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Racial pride and all of that other foolishness is strife that Satan set up to destroy people.

Practical Application – Have you had the mindset to only minister to or be friends with people who are just like you? If so, ask God to send people from other backgrounds your way so that you can do what the Bible says and minister to all.


Acts 17:26; Galatians 3:28

  • Bishop Keith Butler

And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. (Acts 10:24-27)


Cornelius wasn’t selfish about the things of God. He was not going to keep the Good News a secret. He wanted everyone connected to him to receive. Sometimes Christians can be a little selfish about the things of God. We want Him to give us revelations that no one else has. We want God to bless us individually, but Cornelius wanted everyone in his village to be impacted. He had a strong desire for everyone to be changed by the message of Jesus.

Cornelius was so ready for the message of salvation that he fell at Peter’s feet and worshiped him. Of course, Peter told him that he was just a man with a message, but can’t you see the passion Cornelius had to receive the Word of the Lord?


When Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house and looked around the room, he saw everyone related to Cornelius - his mama, daddy, sister, brother, cousins, uncles, aunts – everybody with any relationship to him at all. Besides that, Peter saw that Cornelius had all his buddies gathered there to receive as well.


They were all sitting there staring at Peter, hungry and waiting for the message that Cornelius had promised them. They came because of Cornelius’ passion; they stayed because they wanted to receive from God.


Practical Application – Are you passionate about the message of the Gospel? Are you excited to share what God has done for you through your church? Make a point this week to tell someone how God has ministered to you and invite them to come to church with you.


Matthew 9:35; Mark 6:6

  • Bishop Keith Butler

Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. (Acts 10:23)


Peter was learning the law of love as he followed the Holy Spirit in Acts 10. In this chapter, we find Peter lodging with a tanner. Tanning wasn’t against the law of Moses in the Old Testament, but Jewish people usually shunned and avoided tanners at all costs. They used foul mixtures for their tanning process and handled raw meat. It was a very hands-on dirty job. Staying with a tanner was against the norm for someone from a Jewish heritage, like Peter.

Next, a group of Gentiles came to the tanner’s house to speak with Peter. By simply conversing with Gentiles, Peter broke numerous Jewish laws against associating with Gentiles. Then, Peter did the unthinkable. He invited them to stay under the same roof as him! This was unfathomable. Jewish men did not abide under the same roof as Gentiles.


Yet, God had told Peter to see people the way He sees them – through the eyes of the law of love, not the law of Moses.


In having them stay, he subjected Simon, the tanner, to the same scrutiny. In the morning, he became a conspirator for others to break the law of Moses by taking a group of six Jewish men from Joppa to minister to a Gentile in Caesarea.


Although Peter was breaking cultural norms and the law of Moses, he was doing so with the law of love. He saw others through God's eyes and not his own.


Practical Application – Decide to see others through the eyes of love. Stop judging by appearances and your preconceived ideas or notions. See people and situations through God’s eyes and the law of love.


Leviticus 22:25; James 2:8

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