Peter’s main appeal to his antagonistic Jewish audience was a simple but penetrating question: who was I that I could stand in God’s way? Of course, neither Peter nor the members of his audience would dare consider taking a stand against God, but the question of Gentile inclusion into the church left some Jewish believers unsure about whether it was actually of the Lord. The bulk of Peter’s persuasive presentation is a series of examples relating divine revelations which made it clear that Gentile inclusion was God’s work. Having heard Peter’s full defense of his actions, those present were quieted and praised the Lord for granting the Gentiles repentance unto life.
Date preached: 9/23/2018
Bible text: Acts 11:1-18