Acts 9-10~ Day 49- Belief = Change

Piggybacking on yesterday's thought,  was thinking how different the people in Cornelius's house were in their conversion, verses Simon the Sorcerer's conversion.  These people heard the message and had a heart change immediately, whereas Simon's conversion took a bit longer.

One thing is clear in both stories, a change in direction needs to occur as far as the heart is concerned.  I commented on this idea on another read through and thought would post it again:

If someone in Cornelius’s house got up to go to the bathroom just after Peter started talking, they may have heard, “God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” (10:35)
As he is walking to the outhouse, he may think, “Sweet!  God accepts me because I do what is right!”
But that guy better hurry up and get back to the house so he can hear, “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him (Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through the name.” (10:43)
There is no “doing” in that sentence. So if someone came in late to the talk and only heard that…they would have missed the “doing” part and think that just belief is all that is needed.  

It seems to me, a lot of people “go to the bathroom” or come late to the talk and catch only one part of the gospel message.
The gospel message has always been two parts:
1.   Repent (turning from your former ways is a ‘doing’)
2.   Believe

Jesus says it in Mark 1:15, “Repent and believe…”
Peter says it in Acts 3:19, “Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out”
Paul sums it un Acts 20:21, “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

And, boy!  When the heart hears and responds with both a turning and belief- look how fast the Holy Spirit moves into His new home!  It is immediate when the TWO things occur!  “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message” (10:44).


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