“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the Word” (Ac 10:44)
Cornelius was a Roman soldier. He needed God. He needed salvation. He did many good things that touched the heart of God in heaven. God sent an angel to talk to him. The angel could not preach but directed him to the preacher. This is how Peter, the servant of God, entered the scene. Cornelius is a rich man and Peter is a poor man. But Cornelius and his family worshipped him. Peter refused their worship saying: ‘I am only a man just like you…’ Don’t blame Cornelius. If an angel from heaven recommends a man on earth that is the greatest recommendation needed for any ‘interview’. Peter preached the Gospel! He told them about Jesus, how He came to seek and save the lost; how he died on the Cross for sinful men. Even before he could ‘say the grace’, the Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius and his family.
Maybe you think that an angel coming to you is the greatest miracle. But the angel referred his case to a man like me and you. The angel could fly to heaven and back with the speed of light but he could not preach the Gospel. The angel could kill an army but he could not save a soul. Peter, the man of God, the servant of God spoke the Word of God to the hungry sinners. Men and women living in sin need you and me to preach the Word of God. Angels cannot do it! We must do it! Let’s do it! “Preach the Word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching” (2Tim 4:2, NLT). And God will bless you!