Mi imaju tendenciju da suradnik Cornelius 'pretvorbu u Djelima 10 isključivo njegov dolazak Krista, ali ponekad Pismo daje više različite primjere pojmom pretvorbe. Život ove talijanske skupine u Djelima 10 is one such example.Cornelius was influenced by the Spirit of God for a time prior to his conversion to Christ (what I would call his second conversion) which was followed by his third conversion (the dramatic filling of the Spirit that happened at the preaching of Peter). Granted, his second and third conversions happened almost instantaneously, one after the other, but these two were distinct experiences. The question is, what led up to his two profound conversions? Lets focus on his first conversion.
He prayed regularly.
God put into Cornelius’ heart a hunger to draw near to seek him. Perhaps to a degree this invitation is given to all mankind. Sadly, few respond with a willingness to seek the Lord.
He probably connected with God through the only model he had seen – the prayers of the Jews who sought the Lord at various times of the day at his local temple. Though some of them no doubt merely went through the rote motions of prayer, Cornelius was sincere in his approach to seeking out God. God was able to get through to his hungry heart.
Cornelius was a Gentile so he was not allowed onto Temple grounds. Originally Jewish temples were to have an outer court that was to be dedicated to Gentile God fearers who were seeking to know the Lord. By the time of Jesus, nearly all temples had given up on these spaces in favor of turning these into stalls that sold sacrificial animals for pilgrims. It was this area at the Jerusalem temple where Jesus turned over tables and chased out the moneychangers and animals. Cornelius’ connection with God in prayer was a testimony of God’s willingness to draw near to anyone who is hungry to draw near to him.
As Cornelius prayed, God began to speak to him. Eventually God spoke clearly even to the point of sending an angel who spoke to him to call for Peter. He heard clear directions as to where Peter was located, what to ask Peter to do, and who to gather at his house. Cornelius had a deposit of faith for all of this to happen. When Peter arrived shortly thereafter, Cornelius’ nearest family and friends were there and ready to hear. He had told them about his angelic chat. Ne bi li došli čuti Petrovu poruku ako čuo od pouzdanog prijatelja o posjetu anđela?
Kao ne-još Vjernici mole redovito i iskreno Bog da se otkrije da su vjerojatno da će imati susret s Bogom Biblije Nedugo. Imao sam brojne razgovore s azila koji su bili u odgovarajući način i sklone potraže Gospodina. Moj poticaj za njih je da se otvori sluh od Boga, kao što se otkriva. Problem s mnogim Božjim azila je da su strah od sebe ograničavajućeg na jednom pristupu Bogu, ili ono što oni smatraju suviše uzak pristup njega. U strahu da im se odsiječe od onoga što ih može prikazati. Tako oni nisu u potpunosti otvorene srca.
I have often encouraged them to give God a specific timeframe during which to reveal himself – for example, a 90-day period. Također, to give God a few things to prove himself in what is measureable – usually three matters that can be clearly tracked and evaluated at the end of those three months. I have done this a number of times with God-fearers and seen God come through consistently manifesting/proving his reality to them. My own wife, Janie, came to Christ through such an arrangement. She prayed that God would show her himself as he really is by the end of the summer. She prayed that open ended prayer on Memorial Day weekend (the beginning of Summer). She promptly forgot about her prayer – something common with these situations. In the end, ona je iznenađujuće je pretvoren na Praznik rada vikend - krajem ljeta. Tek je malo kasnije sjetila joj "posao" s Bogom. Takvi aranžmani najbolje su učinili s kršćanskim prijateljima koji može pratiti prolaznosti vremena i mogu zakazati sastanak na kraju 90 dana. Možda Cornelius nagodio s Bogom u tom pravcu i sam Bog objavio ovaj talijanski lider.
Dao velikodušno ići Loše.
Bog je impresionirao na Kornelijevoj srce vrijednost za brigu o potrebitima. Bio je velikodušan čovjek ili barem postao plemenit čovjek. U smislu, on je u početku bio pretvoren u svom bilježnica. Bog nas poziva da se velikodušno dati stvarima koje su mu vrijednosti. Kao što smo približiti se Bogu, njegove vrijednosti postalo naše vrijednosti.
Jedna od prvih stvari je Bog utiskuje nam je potrebno liječiti ljude različito.
Pri vrhu popisa njegovih vrijednosti je siromašan i kako ih liječiti. Kao što smo približiti siromašnima smo približiti se Bogu. Zauzvrat, kao što smo približiti se Bogu, Bog nam daje želju da se približi na Poor. To je obrazac pisma i svjedočanstva povijesti crkve.
Kad se približi Bogu, Otac je počeo senzibilizirati Kornelije 'srce na stvari koje su Britanija vrijednosti. Drugim riječima, su pitanja koja su važna za Božji postao važno Kornelije. To je vjerojatno da Kornelije imao malo izlaganje Božje riječi s obzirom da nije bilo dopušteno na hrama. Možda je čuo prigodne stihove citira prolazi Židove. Teško je znati. In any case, Cornelius’ conversion is a testimony to the sovereign ability of the Holy Spirit to call sincere people into relationship with the Father.
Let’s bring many to the Lord. At the same time, let’s pray that God intervenes directly in the lives of those around us like our friend Cornelius. Once he initiates the first conversion, it will be a short time until the second and third conversions take place.