Word had reached the Apostles and other believers in Judea that the Apostle Peter had done something outrageous while visiting the town of Joppa.
Not only had Peter agreed to enter the home of a gentile in Caesarea, but he also preached the Gospel to the man's family and friends and baptized them!
The Apostles and the other believers were shocked. Jews were not allowed to associate with gentiles. Peter's friends demanded an explanation.
Peter said that he had been praying while he was visiting in Joppa when he had a vision. He described seeing a large sheet in the sky.
"Looking intently into it, I observed and saw the four-legged animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles and the birds of the sky," Peter said. "I also heard a voice say to me, 'Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.'"
Peter said he refused "because nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth."
The voice said in reply, "What God has made clean, you are not to call profane."
After hearing this three times, the vision ended, Peter said. Then the Holy Spirit told him to go with the men who were coming to see him.
"The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating," Peter explained.
So Peter and six other believers went with the three gentiles to the home of Cornelius, a gentile who had found favor with God. Peter learned that an angel of God had visited Cornelius and told him to summon Peter, who would speak the word that would save Cornelius and his household.
"As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them as it had upon us at the beginning," Peter said, "and I remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said, 'John baptized with water but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If then God gave them the same gift He gave to us when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?"
Peter's friends began to glorify God.
"God has then granted life-giving repentance to the gentiles too," they said.
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1. What was the vision Peter had?
2. Whose house did Peter go to?