Address to Cornelius the Centurion by Pope St. Peter

The following are the contents of an address by Pope St. Peter to Cornelius the Centurion. The address is preserved in St. Luke's Acts of the Apostles Chapter 10 Verses 34-47. I've sequentially numbered the paragraphs to make these excerpts easier to cite. Ellipses in this text are used to edit out some narration by St. Luke.

Address to Cornelius the Centurion by Pope St. Peter - ~37 A.D.

[1.] Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

[2.] You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.

[3.] They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest; not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

[4.] And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. ...

[5.] Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?


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