While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Acts 10:44-46
When Peter began to preach , the Holy Spirit fell upon , not just the Jews but also the Gentiles. This is the New Covenant, and this was a fulfillment of the vision Peter received earlier about God making all things clean. We are now Children of God through Jesus Christ, not Children of God because of our nationality or religion. Its only through Christ that we can be saved and reconciled back to God
It says they were astonished, probably due to the large number of people who became Born Again, but also because they were Gentiles. Christ didn’t come to just save Israel, he came to save the world!
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. Acts 10:47-48
An interesting event then happened, who can be baptized? Can anyone forbid someone from wanting to be baptized? The answer is no, if someone is called to Christ, let them come to Christ and be baptized. The Gentiles didn’t need to be “Church members” for 6 months or were no newborn babies, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and wanted to profess their faith in Jesus Christ
Another interesting point is the Gentiles were already baptized by the Holy Spirit before being baptized by Water. As we know from Jesus, there are two baptisms, water and the spirit (John 3) The Gentiles received the Holy Spirit and now we’re ready to profess their faith in Christ with water. You don’t have to be one before the other, not everyone’s testimony is the same. We noticed in Acts also there were Christians who were baptized by water yet not baptized by the Holy Spirit yet.
This is testimony of the New Covenant, Jews and Gentiles becoming One through Jesus Christ! How can this be? Because of the baptisms of Spirit and Water, and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ , Amen!
its a very contentious topic friend, yes,even today, there are those who think they are in front row seats when it comes to all things Godly,but as you write, the Holy Spirit was poured out on others outside the group of early believers, the so called unclean as they were known as, so you can imagine the huge comfort Jesus brought to so many, on account of it, apart from the glory given to God, amen
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The problem with gentile is that the noun means: pagan, heathen, idolater. One cannot come to Adoni and remain a gentile. The early followers called themselves “the way”. I do understand that it is easier for people to refer to the redeemer as Jesus, but to call yourself a pagan believer is not reasonable. If you repent of your sins, believe through faith in Yeshua (Jesus) & immerse yourself in him, you are absolutely changed. Persons who are circumcised of the heart are no longer heathens…they are Jews.
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Hey sorry for the delayed response…was away on vacation. Where are you getting this translation for Gentile? Everyone knows Gentile is simply a term for people not of Jewish decent. To call Gentiles pagan is not accurate.
Anyway Thanks for your comments and have a blessed day
From the bible.
Revised Geneva Translation (RGT) 1 Corinthians 10:20. Matthew 10:5. 1 Corinthians 10:20.1 Corinthians 12:2. Ephesians 2:11-12.
The Greek word “ethnos” from ‘gentiles/nations’ was changed to the word pagans propagating dogma that gentiles are no longer pagans. Most of the revisions have changed the word gentile to pagan and vice versa to bring in order to disguise its true meaning .The RGT is an accurate translation & there are many more bible verses. Tree of Live Version (TLV) uses the ‘gentiles’ wording while the Youngs Literal Translation (YLT) uses the term “nations”. We are called out of the “nations” to follow Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Therefore we are no longer gentiles.
Here is an interesting Christian site: Who Are the ‘Gentiles’ In The Bible — And Who They Are Not December 27, 2020 By CFT Team