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Acts 11: Peter defends himself—on Probing the Prophets with Rod

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After baptizing Cornelius and all his, Peter returned to Jerusalem only to be accosted by the circumcised believers: "You ate with uncircumcised men." Their miss-directed thinking didn't yet see the beauty and significance of Peter's "breach of custom."

Yet, after Peter's patient and fact-filled recounting, their skepticism turned to joy and praise: God had granted the Gentile the salvation that comes through repentance.

Luke next recounted two dramatic results of Cornelius' conversion. First, Christians began openly presenting this gospel to the non-Jewish community. Many responded. Gentiles became common in the churches. Only then was the name "Christian" applied to the disciples.

The second significant event involved benevolence. How amazing and prophecy-fulfilling was this!? Gentile churches began sending benevolent gifts to the beleagered Christians in Judea.

We'll look into each of these in our up-coming episode of Probing the Prophets.

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