Address to the Circumcision Party by Pope St. Peter

The following are the contents of an address by Pope St. Peter to a group called the Circumcision Party. The address is preserved in St. Luke's Acts of the Apostles Chapter 11 Paragraphs 5-17. I've sequentially numbered the paragraphs to make these excerpts easier to cite.

Address to the Circumcision Party by Pope St. Peter - ~37 A.D.

[1.] I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by 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, "No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth." But the voice answered a second time from heaven, "What God has cleansed you must not call common." This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.

[2.] At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare'a. And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. And he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, "Send to Joppa and bring Simon called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household."

[3.] As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, "John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit." 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 withstand God?


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