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While the apostles’ commission was worldwide—“to the end of the earth,” according to 1:8 Peter speaks of it as specifically directed to the Jewish people (cf. 13:31); and this is in accord with historical fact.
The function of the risen Christ was by no means limited to the execution of judgment; he was also the one through whom, as the prophets agreed, those who believed on him would have their sins forgiven.
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6. Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit (10:44–48)
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to the message. 45 The believers of the circumcision who had come with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on Gentiles; 46 for they heard them speaking with65 tongues and magnifying God. 47 Then Peter said, “Can anyone forbid water? Why should these people not be baptized, since they have received the Holy Spirit as we also did?” 48 So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of66 Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for some days.
44 Peter had not yet finished his address67 when the “Pentecost of the Gentile world” took place.68 The Holy Spirit fell on all his listeners. The event was not so much a second Pentecost, standing alongside the first, as the participation of Gentile believers in the experience of the first Pentecost.69 What was involved was later summed up by Paul: “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks” (1 Cor. 12:13). But, so far as the hearers of the apostolic preaching were concerned, the order of events differed markedly from that of the hearers on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. The hearers in Jerusalem were exhorted to repent and be baptized in order to receive the remission of sins and the gift of the Spirit. But the experience of the hearers in Caesarea reproduced rather that of the original company of disciples in Jerusalem, on whom the Spirit descended suddenly.70 This may be recognized in Peter’s drawing a parallel (v. 47) between the household of Cornelius and the original disciples rather than between the household of Cornelius and the three thousand who believed on the day of Pentecost (cf. 11:15; 15:8).
45–46 The descent of the Spirit on those Gentiles was outwardly manifested in much the same way as it had been when the original disciples received the Spirit at Pentecost: they spoke with tongues and proclaimed the mighty works of God.71 Apart from such external manifestations, none of the Jewish believers present, perhaps not even Peter himself, would have been so ready to accept the reality of the Spirit’s coming upon them. The Jewish believers who had accompanied Peter from Joppa were astounded by what they saw and heard: Gentiles, those “lesser breeds without the law,” had actually received the same Holy Spirit as they themselves had received on believing the same message. How right Peter had been in his new insight into the impartiality of God as between people of one race and another! As in Peter’s vision the voice of God overruled food restrictions, even those imposed with the authority of divine law, so now the act of God in sending the Spirit overruled the sacred tradition which forbade association with Gentiles.
47–48 On the day of Pentecost (2:37–41) the sequence of initiation into the new community was conviction of sin, repentance and faith, baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the reception of the Spirit. Here the reception of the Spirit comes first. There is no explicit mention of faith in the immediate context, but it is certainly implied; it is suggested more definitely in 11:17, where Peter’s words “when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ” clearly mean that the Gentiles received the Spirit when they believed,72 while in 15:7–9 Peter expressly links the Gentiles’ reception of the Spirit with their believing and having their hearts cleansed by faith.73 Only after the manifest descent of the Spirit on these believing Gentiles were they baptized in water. As for the imposition of apostolic hands74 (whatever inferences may be drawn from the silence on this subject in ch. 2), nothing of the kind took place before the Gentiles received the Spirit, and nothing is said about its taking place subsequently.
Had Peter not been confronted with a divine fait accompli in the outpouring of the Spirit on Cornelius and his friends, he might not have taken the initiative in having them baptized. But, as things were, God had plainly accepted them, and Peter had no option but to accept what God had done. In justifying his action a few days later, he asked, “Who was I to hinder God?” (11:17). Here his question, “Can anyone forbid water?” (like the Ethiopian’s question in 8:36, “What prevents me from being baptized?”), has been thought to point to a primitive custom by which, before a convert was baptized, it was inquired if there was any “just cause or impediment” why the baptism should not take place.75 Whether this was so or not, no impediment was alleged on the present occasion, and Peter gave orders that these new believers should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.76 Their reception of the Spirit was not regarded as a substitute for baptism in water; rather, their baptism in water was the fitting response to the act of God in bestowing his Spirit. But no one appears to have suggested that Cornelius should be circumcised. His case thus served as a specially appropriate precedent when the question of the circumcision of Gentile believers was later raised at the Jerusalem council (ch. 15).
46 因听见他们说65 方言，称赞神为大。
48 就吩咐奉耶稣基督的名66 给他们施洗。他们又请彼得住了几天。
44 彼得还没有说完，67 “外邦人的五旬节”就到来了。68圣灵降临在所有听众身上。这一事件并非与第一次独立的第二次五旬节，因为第一次五旬节上已经有外邦人信徒参与其中。69后来，保罗总结了这里发生的事情：“我们不拘是犹太人，是希腊人……都从一位圣灵受洗，成了一个身体”（林前 12:13）。
47–48 在五旬节那天（2:37-41），信徒加入新的信仰共同体之顺序是认罪、悔改与信心，奉耶稣基督之名受洗，叫罪得赦免，然后领受圣灵。这里的情况则是领受圣灵在前。在紧邻上下文中没有明确提到信心的问题，但是显然暗含其中；在11:17里，彼得的话给出了更明确的暗示，“像在我们信主耶稣基督的时候”，清楚地表示当外邦人相信的时候，他们也领受了圣灵，72 同时在15:7-9里，彼得明确地将外邦人领受圣灵与他们听而相信，借着信洁净了他们的心联系在一起。73在圣灵明显地降临在这些信了耶稣的外邦人身上后，他们才接受了水的洗礼。至于使徒按手的问题74（无论我们从第2章对此只字未提的沉默可以推论出什么来），在外邦人接受圣灵之前显然没有过，后来也没有任何地方提到过。
如果彼得不是面对圣灵浇灌哥尼流及其朋友的神圣fait accompli （译注：〔法语〕既成事实），他可能不会主动为他们施洗。但是，既然神明白地接纳了他们，彼得别无选择，只能接受神所成就的事情。几天以后，在为自己的行为辩护时，他这样反问到，“我是谁，能拦阻神呢？” （11:17）。而他在这里的提问，“谁能禁止用水给他们施洗呢？” （就像在8:36里埃塞俄比亚人问“我受洗有什么妨碍呢？”一样），被一些人认为是指向某种原始的习俗：在归信之人受洗之前，需要询问有无任何“公平的理由或妨碍”，不能施以洗礼。75不管是否如此，目前的情况下并无任何妨碍，因此彼得吩咐奉耶稣基督的名给这些新信徒施洗。76他们接受了圣灵，但此事并不能代替水的洗礼；相反，他们接受水的洗礼，乃是对神赐下圣灵的合适回应。但是没有任何人提出，哥尼流应当受割礼。因此，当后来的耶路撒冷大公会议上出现外邦人信徒是否应受割礼的问题时（第15章），他的案例成为一件特别合适的先例。