Acts 10:9-20 “On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common (emphasis mine). This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
“Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them,” (KJV).
A new car starts out all pristine and we try to take care of it, but after a while, we let it go a little. We get tired and let the children leave things in there. We don’t clean it out, vacuum it, or bring things inside. It’s easier to just leave it in the car. What was once new has now become common, not so special or ‘sacred’ anymore.
God forbid that the things of God should become common to us. In the Old Testament, God made a distinction between clean and unclean things to eat. Peter claimed that he had never violated those laws. In this vision, God was now commanding him to eat those unclean things. Peter was confused. He wondered if he was supposed to change the things he was taught in childhood. Change can be very hard.
God tells Peter that He had cleansed the meat and Peter shouldn’t call it unclean. The word ‘common’ came to be opposed to the word ‘sacred’. ‘Common’ can also mean ‘profane’ or ‘forbidden’. This command from the Lord went against what Peter had always been taught. He did not understand that God’s commands could sometimes be temporary. There was a change in his thinking that God was asking for.
Peter was a man of God, but he thought he had it right. God wanted to change his thinking. Peter needed this given to him three times. Jesus said, ‘What I have cleansed, don’t call common. If I clean it, don’t call it unclean.’ God makes things holy. To say it is otherwise is in direct rebellion from what God has commanded. Peter had to do a mental breakdown of all the things he had been taught.
God was fixing to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. There were patterns and prejudices in his mind that kept people from getting saved. Peter finally realized that God was not talking about food at all. God was referring to a race and an ethnicity of people.
Acts 10:28 ‘…God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.’ Peter had a mental block that said that because a person was a different color or ethnicity, they didn’t deserve the blessings of God. Jesus wanted to make sure that when the Gentiles came to the door Peter didn’t have a bad attitude. Revival was knocking at the door.
Jesus wants us to understand that simple thought processes can stop the flow of revival for an entire family, city or ethnicity.
Col 2:8 ‘…take care that no one takes you away by force through man’s wisdom and man’s deceit…’ Don’t think that somebody shouldn’t be in the church because they’re a certain way. That’s not of God. These thoughts are from the world, man’s deceit.
Rom 8:9 ‘…Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.’ This verse is not about just getting the Holy Ghost, it’s about walking in the Spirit. Jesus was accused of being a drunk because he hung out with sinners. He let children sit in his lap. He let prostitutes wash His feet with their hair. He blessed people.
To think that people are unclean is not of God. What if Peter hadn’t obeyed God? He was holy after all. We don’t want to associate ourselves with drunks, drug addicts, and sinners. It doesn’t matter what color a person’s skin is.
If God has touched you, you are no longer common. What God has cleansed is NOT common. It doesn’t matter if you can’t read or you can’t talk right, If God has touched your life, then you are not common.
1 Cor 6:10-11 “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such WERE some of you: but ye are WASHED, but ye are SANCTIFIED, but ye are JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God,” (KJV, emphasis mine).
What if a person has different hygiene skills or social skills or worships a different way than you? Yes, some things are different and some things need to be addressed, but that is no excuse to not LOVE these people.
2 Cor 5:17 ‘…old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’ We’re not supposed to focus on the old things. We need to love these people. Behold all things are become new.
It would be wrong for me to think about myself as common. ‘I’m not worthy.’ People in the Bible didn’t say that. You say that because you’re worried about your pride. The truth is you are worthy, because God has touched you and made you worthy. You are NOT common. If God has cleansed you, it is profane and will stop the flow of blessing to your life if you call yourself common, unworthy, ugly, stupid, all the lies of Satan.
I have been touched by God, baptized in His name, filled with His Spirit. God has cleansed my life and I have a right to think I’m special, not because of anything I have done, but because of what my God has done in my life.
There is a proper response to something being cleansed by God, a proper and Biblical response to salvation. Saying I’m not worthy is profaning the blood of Jesus. If you’ve been touched by the Master’s Hand, He wanted to touch you.
You are not an accident. You are worthy because you were a sinner and needed help. Don’t say you’re not worthy.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” God would not have come here to save us if He had not wanted to. He loves us and He alone has the power to save us.
Jeremiah 31:3 “…I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Excerpt from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.