478 : The Teaching Of Peter
THERE was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the Roman army.
He was a devout man, one who feared God with all his household,
who gave much alms to the people and prayed to God constantly.
He saw in a vision one afternoon an angel of God come to him and say, "Cornelius."
When he looked at him, he was afraid and said, "What is it, Lord?"
And the angel said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up before God as a memorial. Now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon whose other name is Peter.
He is staying with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.
He shall tell you what you ought to do."
When the angel who spoke to Cornelius had gone away,
he called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among them who waited on him, and when he had told them of all these things, he sent them to Joppa.
On the next day, as they went on their journey and drew near to the city,
Peter went up on to the housetop for his noonday prayers.
And while he was there, the men whom Cornelius had sent,
having made enquiry for Simon's house, stood before the gate.
They called and asked whether Simon called Peter was staying there.
In the midst of Peter's prayers, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men seek you.
Arise therefore, go down and go with them.
Do not worry about anything, for I am the one who has sent them."
Then Peter went down to the men and said, "Behold, I am the one whom you seek.
Why have you come?"
And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man and one who fears God,
a man of good reputation among the whole Jewish nation, was told by a holy angel of God to send for you to come to his house, so that he could hear you speak."
Then he called them in and gave them lodging.
And the next day Peter went away with them, and certain of the brothers from Joppa went with him.
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