"While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Behold, three men are looking for you. But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.' ... The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings" (Acts 10:19-20; 11:12). I remember as a new believer wondering if I had been deemed worthy enough to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Because of my personal struggles, I had assumed there was more I needed to do before I could receive the Spirit: special prayers I needed to pray, personal changes I needed to make. Luke's description of the Holy Spirit in Acts 10-11, however, gives us an entirely different perspective. It was the Spirit of God who urges Peter to go to Caesarea without misgivings or delay. It was the Holy Spirit who cuts Peter off mid-sermon to fall upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44; 11:15). While it would be inappropriate to describe the Holy Spirit as impatient, in this narrative Luke describes the Spirit as someone who can no longer contain his excitement to make someone God's brand new child. While we have a tendency to conceive of Holy Spirit as a building inspector searching for every possible flaw, Luke's narrative reminds us that he is the Spirit of Adoption who graciously and excitedly desires to grow God's spiritual family! "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father!'" (Rom 8:15).
"Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins" (Acts 10:43). It's verses like these that make me want to spend the rest of my life studying the Old Testament. While the relationship between the Old Testament and Jesus is obvious to me in some cases, Peter's use of the word "all" (i.e., "all the prophets bear witness") make me realize many more yet-to-be-discovered treasures await me if only I will spend more time pouring over and meditating upon the Bible of Yeshua! "Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law" (Ps 119:18). "Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27). "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11).
"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message" (Acts 10:44). Many a preacher (myself included), and many more of those who are forced to listen to them every week from the pews, wish the Holy Spirit would interrupt sermons far more frequently. I suspect people would be a lot more excited to come to church if they came to the service knowing God, and not the preacher, is the speaker! "And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God" (1 Cor 2:1-5).