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 protested. “I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
“What God has cleansed you must not call common,” the voice added.
This same vision came to Peter three times, and each time the sheet was drawn back up to heaven from where it had come.
In a vision Peter saw heaven opened and a big sheet tied at the four corners coming down to earth. In the sheet were all kinds of wild animals, creepy-crawly things, and birds.
Peter was confused about the vision and
was wondering what it could mean when
suddenly the messengers from Cornelius arrived at the house. While they were at the front gate asking if there was a Simon Peter lodging there, the Holy Spirit told him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise, go down, and go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them.”
And so Peter went down and greeted them, saying, “I am Peter. I am the one you are looking for. For what reason have you come?”
The men were probably relieved to find Peter after coming so far. They told him, “Cornelius the centurion has sent us to find you. He is a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews. He was divinely instructed by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear words from you.”
Peter welcomed them in, giving them food and a place to stay for the night. The next day he returned to Caesarea with them, taking with him several Christian brothers from Joppa.
When the group arrived at Cornelius’ house in Caesarea, the centurion was waiting for them with all his relatives and close friends. And when Peter came in, he knelt at his feet and worshipped him.
But Peter took Cornelius by the hand and lifted him up, saying, “Stand up, for I myself am also a man like you.”
When Peter saw all the people who had gathered together, he said, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with someone of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore, I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what





















































































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