44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”Acts 10:44–47 (NKJV)
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” 18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”Acts 11:15–18 (NKJV)
This was a defining moment in the Christian faith that moved this personal relationship with God and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit to include all men, everywhere. Now there would be no separation among the nations. In Christ, there would be no Jew, no Gentile, no slave, no free, no male and no female. We would be the family of God from every tribe and every tongue. Every heritage and every gender. All would be equal in Christ.
I am personally thankful this was God’s plan from the beginning. That all mankind everywhere, in all times could experience the fullness of God through Jesus Christ.
One thing I find interesting in Acts 10:46-47 is that the proof the early disciple saw for this acceptance of the Gentiles into the faith was their experience in receiving the Holy Spirit. The Gentiles “spoke in tongues” just like they had in Acts 2:4. I have always felt that “speaking in tongues” doesn’t make a person spiritual, it makes them equipped if they utilize it actively in their lives.
Thank you Father for this reminder. All men, everywhere can come to you (Romans 10:9–13) and be assured of receiving forgiveness and power to be an effective witness. (Acts 1:8) Help me walk in this and proclaim it boldly.