Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 14, 2019

“the Spirit of truth … will guide you into all the truth”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 10:9-23.

“On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.  But he became hungry and was desiring to eat;  but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;  and he *saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.  A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”  But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”  Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”  This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate;  and calling out, they were asking whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was staying there.  While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you.  But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.”  Peter went down to the men and said, “Behold, I am the one you are looking for;  what is the reason for which you have come?”  They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.”  So he invited them in and gave them lodging.”  Acts 10:9-23.


Today’s Scripture provides an awesome display of God guiding Peter into truth.

First, God provided the vision to Peter.

Second, at the very time that Peter was perplexed as to what the vision meant, Cornelius’ men arrived at the house where Peter was staying.

Third, at this same time, the Spirit assured Peter that He sent these men to Peter and that Peter should accompany them without misgivings.

Fourth, Cornelius was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for Peter to come to his house and hear a message from him.

And, there is hope for the rest of us too!

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;  and He will disclose to you what is to come.”  John 16:13.


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