Acts 10:8
And when he had declared all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
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10:1-8 Hitherto none had been baptized into the Christian church but Jews, Samaritans, and those converts who had been circumcised and observed the ceremonial law; but now the Gentiles were to be called to partake all the privileges of God's people, without first becoming Jews. Pure and undefiled religion is sometimes found where we least expect it. Wherever the fear of God rules in the heart, it will appear both in works of charity and of piety, neither will excuse from the other. Doubtless Cornelius had true faith in God's word, as far as he understood it, though not as yet clear faith in Christ. This was the work of the Spirit of God, through the mediation of Jesus, even before Cornelius knew him, as is the case with us all when we, who before were dead in sin, are made alive. Through Christ also his prayers and alms were accepted, which otherwise would have been rejected. Without dispute or delay Cornelius was obedient to the heavenly vision. In the affairs of our souls, let us not lose time.And when ... - "It has been remarked that from Joppa, Jonah was sent to preach to the Gentiles at Nineveh, and that from the same place Peter was sent to preach to the Gentiles at Caesarea" (Clarke). 7, 8. when the angel … was departed, he called—immediately doing as directed, and thereby showing the simplicity of his faith.

a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually—of the "soldiers under him," such as the centurion at Capernaum had (Mt 8:9). Who this "devout soldier" was, can only be matter of conjecture. Da Costa [Four Witnesses] gives a number of ingenious reasons for thinking that, having attached himself henceforth to Peter—whose influence in the composition of the second Gospel is attested by the earliest tradition, and is stamped on that Gospel itself—he is no other than the Evangelist Mark.

Thus on Cornelius’s side all things are disposed towards his receiving of the gospel; and the same providence, at the same time, disposes all things on Peter’s part towards his coming to publish it: for, .{ see Acts 10:9} And when he had declared all these things unto them,.... Which he had heard and seen in the vision, and of which he gave them a particular account; partly to engage them the more cheerfully to go on the errand, and partly that they might be able to give a distinct relation of it to Peter, that so he might be moved the more to comply with the request, and come along with them:

he sent them to Joppa; perhaps not that evening, since it was at the ninth hour, or three o'clock in the afternoon, when Cornelius had the vision; and some time must be taken up in discourse with the angel, and afterwards in sending for his servants, and relating the affair to them, and giving them their proper instructions. So that it may be they did not set out till early the next morning, as seems from the following verse.

And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
Acts 10:8. ἐξηγησάμενος ἅπαντα: only in Luke in N.T., except once in John 1:18, cf. Luke 24:35, Acts 15:12; Acts 15:14; Acts 21:19, and in LXX, Jdg 7:13, 1 Chronicles 16:24, 2 Kings 8:5, etc. The word plainly suggests the mutual confidence existing between Cornelius and his household (ἅπαντα, as if nothing were forgotten in the communication), Weiss.8. And when he had declared all these things unto them] Omit “these” which is not in the Greek. The confidence which Cornelius placed in those who attended on him is shewn by this open communication with them at once on the subject of his vision. They had known all his former hopes and prayers, and so were fit persons to be made sharers in what seemed to be the answer.Acts 10:8. Ἄπαντα, all things) Implying pious (affectionate) familiarity towards his domestics, [which, without any sacrifice of their authority, experience of the Divine grace induces even illustrious (noble) men to exercise.—V. g.] Cornelius prudently (with a view to the subsequent confirmation of the faith of his household) speaks out all that he had seen. Peter prudently is silent as to his vision: Acts 10:21; with which comp. Acts 10:28 (where he only alludes to it, without going into the details).—ἀπέστειλεν, sent) There was no need of a letter.Verse 8. - Having rehearsed for when he had declared, A.V.; all things for all these things, A.V. Declared (ἐξηγησάμενος)

Better, as Rev., rehearsed. See on Luke 24:35.

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