Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brothers from Joppa accompanied him.…
I. A REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY.
1. Cornelius, his kinsmen, his near friends, probably some of them devout soldiers.
2. Peter, his brethren from Joppa. The different states of mind. Inquiry after truth, perplexity as to duty. The helplessness of the heathen world well set forth in Cornelius's salutation. The sense of darkness and spiritual want a temptation to worship men instead of God. The false Church accepts such worship. The true says, "Stand Up! I myself also am a man."
II. THE LIGHT OF GOD the only true light in which differences are removed and blessings are recognized. Peter brings into that light his Jewish prejudice, and it vanishes. Cornelius brings into it his desire for knowledge and equality with all God's children, and it is abundantly satisfied. So in the controversies of men, let them meet together "in the sight of God," and to hear his voice, and all will be well.
III. THE TRUMPET-SOUNDS awaking the Gentile world.
1. The personal Redeemer.
2. The witnessing Church.
3. The universal invitation. The true evangel - the true liberty, equality, and fraternity. The Holy Spirit spake by Peter's mouth. - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.