Don’t you find it quite remarkable that even though Cornelius was described as “righteous and God fearing” (10:22) and he was generous and prayed to God regularly (10:2). Yet, God still told him to send for Peter so “He will bring a message through which you and all your household will be saved.” (11:14)?
So, that means, even though Cornelius acted and “looked” like a believer he wasn’t saved. He still needed “the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” (10:36)
“..the good news of peace” I have two thoughts about that verse:
1.) It does not mean that as true Christians we have a calm heart in all circumstances.That would make us look like a group of monks or a group of yoga teachers walking around saying “Namaste” to each other or chanting “A-U-M”….Hate to tell ya, but there is no such thing as “achieving inner peace”! That is a false teaching of the world. Christians hear that teaching and think it sounds good, right; it’s sooooo close to the truth……especially when you think of verses like Phil 4:7, without it’s context. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Yet, in context, this verse speaks to the fact that our citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20) because of our reconciliation to God through Christ. There is a peaceful state for all, whose sins are forgiven.
Remember, Christ said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth” (Matt10:34). There will be conflict with others who don’t like what you believe. That isn’t very peaceful!
…..But you might be remembering the angels heralding the birth of Jesus in Luke 2: 13, saying, “Peace on earth, good will toward men”. Isn’t that on EVERY Christmas card; isn’t that what Linus said to Charlie Brown???
The fact is, it says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rest.” (Those who have been reconciled to him).
2.) Jesus said, “Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27) He has a different kind of peace in mind, it is one of reconciliation. When there is reconciliation, there is peace.
That type of peace/reconciliation is explained by Paul in Eph. 2:14-16, 2 Cor. 5:18-19, Rom. 5:1, and Col. 1:20.
As a Christian, the only area in our life that we can feel absolutely calm and at peace is the fact that we are right with God and because of that, we are spared his wrath that we would otherwise deserve. (Rom. 5:10) That is the good news of peace!!
Both Jews and Gentiles (i.e. Cornelius) needed to understand this new peace, as do people today.