“God Is with Those Whom He Accepts in Christ for Fearing Him and Doing What Is Right 神與那些因敬畏祂而行義、在基督裡蒙祂悅納的人同在“（Acts 使徒行傳 10:34-38）
Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. … how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
The truth that God shows no favouritism is the foundation for Peter’s understanding of the gospel now going forth to Gentiles. This goes completely against the prevailing Jewish thought at that time that God loved the Jews while hating the Gentiles. One aspect of the essence of Christianity is to disregard/eliminate racial, cultural and national limitations. The spreading of Christ’s good news should be ‘ideally’ accompanied with the presence of God (the Holy Spirit). When we as God’s people/children showed some kind/form of partiality, we were not being faithful to God’s heart as revealed in the Bible!
Prayer: God of Trinity, praise you for Jesus Christ being indeed Lord of all who believe/trust in Him alone for salvation, both Jews and non-Jews. Thank you for reminding us through Peter’s point that those like Cornelius fearing you and doing what is right do need to become Christians but need not feel excluded from your house because of their national background. May your peace, which transcends all understanding and affirms your holy presence/acceptance, as well as the leading of the Holy Spirit guard our hearts and our minds in Christ to follow Him closely. Amen.