Acts of the Apostles Chapter 10
1 One of the centurions of the Italica cohort stationed in Caesarea was called Cornelius.
2 He and the whole of his household were devout and God-fearing, and he gave generously to Jewish causes and prayed constantly to God.
10 He felt hungry and was looking forward to his meal, but before it was ready he fell into a trance11 and saw heaven thrown open and something like a big sheet being let down to earth by its four corners;
16 This was repeated three times, and then suddenly the container was drawn up to heaven again.
17 Peter was still at a loss over the meaning of the vision he had seen, when the men sent by Cornelius arrived. They had asked where Simon's house was and they were now standing at the door,
21 Peter went down and said to them, 'I am the man you are looking for; why have you come?'
22 They said, 'The centurion Cornelius, who is an upright and God-fearing man, highly regarded by the entire Jewish people, was told by God through a holy angel to send for you and bring you to his house and to listen to what you have to say.'
24 They reached Caesarea the following day, and Cornelius was waiting for them. He had asked his relations and close friends to be there,
25 and as Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, fell at his feet and did him reverence.
29 That is why I made no objection to coming when I was sent for; but I should like to know exactly why you sent for me.'30 Cornelius replied, 'At this time three days ago I was in my house saying the prayers for the ninth hour, when I suddenly saw a man in front of me in shining robes.
32 so now you must send to Jaffa and fetch Simon known as Peter who is lodging in the house of Simon the tanner, by the sea."
33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Here we all are, assembled in front of you to hear all the instructions God has given you.'
34 Then Peter addressed them, 'I now really understand', he said, 'that God has no favourites,
35 but that anybody of any nationality who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
39 Now we are witnesses to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and they killed him by hanging him on a tree,
41 not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses that God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses -- we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead-
44 While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came down on all the listeners.
46 since they could hear them speaking strange languages and proclaiming the greatness of God. Peter himself then said,47 'Could anyone refuse the water of baptism to these people, now they have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?'
48 He then gave orders for them to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterwards they begged him to stay on for some days.