Updated: Apr 18
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INTRODUCTION. After restoring Tabitha (Dorcas) to life, Peter remained for many days
in Joppa, abiding with Simon, a tanner (Acts 9:43). So far in Luke's narrative, Peter and the other apostles had taken the gospel message to their Jewish brethren, preaching salvation in the name of Jesus Christ, and baptizing those who believed. Then unexpectedly, a new and remarkable mission faced Peter-one so momentous it required a vision to prepare him to accept the task, for the Spirit directed Peter to preach to the Gentiles. Thus the scene of Luke's account of the early church turns to Caesarea and a Gentile named Cornelius (Acts 10).