Our text comes from the Book of Acts 10:34-48.
It is very possible that Peter’s sermon was much longer than what is recorded here. Luke probably just highlighted the parts of Peter’s sermon that are key to the gospel message.
vs.34-35 Peter is not talking about justification but rather who the gospel is for.
The phrase “fears him and does what is right” means that someone has come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is trusting Jesus and responding to him and following him.
vs. 36 The gospel is for all people not just the Jews.
vs. 37-41 There is a brief summary of Jesus’ life.
Tree – cursed by God is everyone who is hanged on a tree – Deuteronomy 21:23
Jesus took upon himself the full penalty of sin.
Eating and drinking are signs Jesus had a real, physical body after his resurrection not just a ghost or illusion.
vs.42-43 He commanded us to preach to the people and testify. Proclamation = announcement
vs.44-48 Jews were confused and amazed. “They’re not speaking in their native language anymore.” How did these people get the Holy Spirit and they are not circumsized?
Peter commands that they be baptized. Immediately. As soon as possible.
Being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ is not different from being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In biblical usage a person’s name represents the character and attributes of the person. So the name or character and attributes of the Father and Holy Spirit is the same as Jesus. (John 1)
To be baptized into the name of Christ is a sign of identifying with the name and taking on the character of Jesus. This is what it means to conform to Christ’s image as well as committing to live one’s life from this point on as a representative or ambassador of that name.
Peter stayed with them and talked more about Jesus.