Acts 10: Unity in Christ

At The Cove, we often find ourselves reflecting on the transformative stories of the Bible and how they apply to our lives today. One such powerful story is found in Acts 10, which tells the tale of two men from different backgrounds—Cornelius, a centurion soldier, and Peter, a devoted apostle—who both shared a common love for the Lord.

Cornelius was a centurion, meaning he commanded a hundred soldiers. He held a position of power and was used to having his orders obeyed. Cornelius was also a devout man who feared God, gave generously to those in need, and prayed continually. His heart was open to God’s direction.

Meanwhile, Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, experienced a vision from God that challenged his deeply ingrained beliefs. Under the Law of Moses, certain animals were deemed clean and others unclean (Leviticus 20:25–26). Peter had always adhered strictly to these dietary laws. However, in his vision, God declared all animals clean, symbolizing a broader acceptance beyond the Jewish community.

Both Peter and Cornelius experienced God uniquely. The Holy Spirit communicated with them, breaking cultural barriers and prejudices.

Peter’s realization that God shows no favoritism (Acts 10:34-38) echoes the message of Galatians 3:26-29, where Paul emphasizes that we are all one in Christ Jesus.

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Galatians 3:26-29, ESV

Billy Graham once said, “During all my years as an evangelist, my message has always been the Gospel of Christ. It is not a Western religion, nor is it a message of one culture or political system … it is a message of life and hope for all the world.”

Romans 1:16-17 encourages us to be unashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:16-17, ESV

These are all beautiful reminders of God’s vision for unity.