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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 10:34-43

We have here Peter's sermon preached to Cornelius and his friends: that is, an abstract or summary of it; for we have reason to think that he did with many other words testify and exhort to this purport. It is intimated that he expressed himself with a great deal of solemnity and gravity, but with freedom and copiousness, in that phrase, he opened his mouth, and spoke, Acts 10:34. O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, saith Paul, 2 Cor. 6:11. ?You shall find us communicative, if we but... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 10:34-43

10:34-43 So Peter opened his mouth and said, "In truth I have come to understand that God has no favourites; but that in every nation he who fears him and acts righteously is acceptable to him. As for the word which God sent to the sons of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ--this is he who is Lord of all you all know the affair that happened all over Judaea, after the baptism which John preached--you know about Jesus of Nazareth, about how God anointed him with the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 10:40

Him God raised up the third day ,.... According to the Scriptures, particularly Hosea 6:2 . The resurrection, of Christ, though it is sometimes ascribed to himself, as God, whereby he was declared to be the Son of God, yet generally to God the Father, as here: and showed him openly ; in a glorious body, and yet numerically the same he before lived and suffered in, so as to be heard, seen, and handled; by which full proof was given of the truth of his resurrection, in which he appeared... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 10:40

Him God raised up the third day - He lay long enough under the power of death to prove that he was dead; and not too long, lest it should be supposed that his disciples had time sufficient to have practiced some deceit or imposture; and, to prevent this, the Jews took care to have the tomb well guarded during the whole time which he lay there. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 10:1-48

Broadening foundations. The promises of God to "Abraham and his seed for ever" are not going to be diminished now, but something of the extent of them is to be made more plain. Nothing shall be taken from the Jew which he is willing to have and to keep; but much is going to be given, with a manifestation unknown before, to the Gentile. With some form of vision, of dream, of angel-appearance, the covenant of long ages ago was made with the patriarch, and it seems that now, some nineteen... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 10:9-48

Man in God's sight; or, Divine impartiality. The incident of the conversion of Cornelius is suggestive of some important truths, but of one in particular, viz. the perfectness of the Divine impartiality. We look first, however, at— I. THE PART OF THE PHYSICAL IN THE APPREHENSION OF THE SPIRITUAL . Peter went up to pray ( Acts 10:9 ); but he was very hungry and desired bodily refreshment ( Acts 10:10 ). This state of body was probably favorable to his "falling... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 10:23-43

The first trumpet-sound of the gospel in the heathen world. I. A REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY . 1. Cornelius, his kinsmen, his near friends, probably some of them devout soldiers. 2. Peter, his brethren from Joppa. The different states of mind. Inquiry after truth, perplexity as to duty. The helplessness of the heathen world well set forth in Cornelius's salutation. The sense of darkness and spiritual want a temptation to worship men instead of God. The false Church accepts such... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 10:34-43

Discourse of Peter at Caesarea. I. THE EQUAL JUSTICE AND LOVE OF GOD . He is no respecter of persons. The conditions of acceptance in his sight are everywhere and for all men the same, viz. reverence and rightness of moral conduct. Does this imply, it matters not what a man believes, so long as he fears God and does what is right? Certainly, belief is not immediately under the control of the will. But indirectly it so far is that we are bound to keep our minds open to the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 10:34-48

The great surprise. How seldom do things turn out as we expect! What frequent proofs we have that God's thoughts are not as our thoughts, nor his ways as our ways! And yet we are always making iron cages in which we think to confine the operations of God's Spirit, as well as the thoughts of men, and are surprised when either God or men refused to be confined within their bars. The pride of caste is perhaps that which, more than any other one cause, tends to mislead our judgment and to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 10:37-43

The gospel for the heathen. Under the Divine inspiration, St. Peter preached the gospel to this company of devout Gentiles; and we can find both I. THE CHRIST WHO LIVED . "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good." II. THE CHRIST WHO DIED . "Whom they slew and hanged on a tree." III. THE CHRIST WHO LAWS . "Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly." IV. THE CHRIST WHO CAN SAVE ... read more

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