Peter explained his vision and his actions to the brethren, and they were glad (as we too are glad) that the Gentiles also had been redeemed.

BibleGateway: Acts 11:4-18

ESV Text: Acts 11:4-18

Acts 11:4–18 (Listen)

But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “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. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 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. 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; 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 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.’ 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?” 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.”

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:17 and ends at about 2:20

4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, 5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: 6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. 8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. 9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. 11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. 12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house: 13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? 18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 500 (LSB 824):
May God Bestow on us His Grace

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. May God bestow on us His grace, 
With blessings rich provide us, 
And may the brightness of His face 
To life eternal guide us 
That we His saving health may know, 
His gracious will and pleasure, 
And also to the heathen show 
Christ’s riches without measure 
And unto God convert them. 

2. Thine over all shall be the praise 
And thanks of every nation, 
And all the world with joy shall raise 
The voice of exultation; 
For Thou shalt judge the earth, O Lord, 
Nor suffer sin to flourish; 
Thy people’s pasture is Thy Word 
Their souls to feed and nourish, 
In righteous paths to keep them. 

3. Oh, let the people praise Thy worth, 
In all good works increasing; 
The land shall plenteous fruit bring forth, 
Thy Word is rich in blessing. 
May God the Father, God the Son, 
And God the Spirit bless us! 
Let all theworld praise Him alone, 
Let solemn awe possess us. 


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