Acts 11:1-18 - Dan Harper
Acts 11:1–18 (ESV)
Acts 11:1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
Acts 11:2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying,
Acts 11:3 “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Acts 11:4 But Peter began and explained it to them in order:
Acts 11:5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me.
Acts 11:6 Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air.
Acts 11:7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’
Acts 11:8 But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
Acts 11:9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’
Acts 11:10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.
Acts 11:11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea.
Acts 11:12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.
Acts 11:13 And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter;
Acts 11:14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’
Acts 11:15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.
Acts 11:16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”