Acts chapter 10 tells us of a man called Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Regiment. At the time of this recount, Cornelius already had a relationship with God, for the Bible calls him,

“a devout man and one who feared God.” Acts 10:2

God saw fit to bless this Gentile with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and appointed Peter to do the honors. But here was the problem. The apostle Peter tells us in that

“it is unlawful for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation.” Acts 10:28

So why did God choose Peter for this job?

God uses this very incident to reveal to us the intent of His heart.

“The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.” Acts 10:9-16

This is exactly what Jesus is saying to us today.

Precious child of God, you who have faith in Jesus and His redeeming power, you have already been cleansed of all sin, for all time. You have already been made clean by the greatest power this universe has ever known. And His redemption is absolute.

Sure, you are going to fall sometimes. But when you do, do not let the world condemn you and call you unclean. For you heard it from God Himself. He has made you clean. No one should ever call you unclean.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

So start living in the victory that Jesus has given you.

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