It’s easy to read over the words of Acts 10 with blind eyes and senses dulled to the significance of this event. The Gentiles hear the good news and receive the Holy Spirit. The lost sheep is brought home. The gold coin is found. The orphan has been adopted into the family!
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. (v. 45)
The Old Testament, and much of the New, is largely about the struggle of the Israelites to keep and obey God’s commands. The Gentiles are often dominant culture oppressing of challenging the survival of the Jews. They are actors in Israel’s story. Sometimes they are in opposition, sometimes they are neutral, and sometimes God even uses the Outsider to weave redemption into the tapestry.
Regardless, something monumental has occurred. Sin entered the world through one man. Redemption through works was offered to a few, but they failed. God stepped in to save the world through His son—freedom and new life became available to all!
God has always been in the business of bringing others into the fold. In my own life, I wonder who He wants to accept and bring in today?