In the book of Acts, we find the history of the church recorded from its very beginning. In this book, we find the apostles preaching the Gospel in the city of Jerusalem as it had been prophesied. In Isaiah 2:3, we read that out of Zion would go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. It was necessary that the Gospel first be preached in Jerusalem and then in Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. This is what the Lord had commanded the apostles to do right before He ascended unto Heaven, and that is exactly what the apostles did. The Gospel was preached in Jerusalem in the day of Pentecost and about three thousand people obeyed and were added unto the church that day. The apostles, as well as the new brethren, remained in Jerusalem until a great persecution came upon them. At that time, all the brethren left except for the apostles. After that we read of Philip going to Samaria to preach the Gospel.
In the midst of all this, we find a man by the name of Cornelius, a centurion. This meant that he was a military man who had charge of 100 soldiers in the Roman army. If you have ever been around military men, you would appreciate the character of this centurion even more. He is described as “a devout man, who feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.” (Acts 10:1,2). From this description, we can all agree that this man was very religious and that he had set such a great example to those about him, that all of his household feared God just as he did. That cannot even be said of some preachers today. To influence the whole family to be as religious as we need to be is a tremendous task for anyone. The interesting fact here is that with all the great qualities that Cornelius and his family possessed, they still needed the Gospel in order to be saved. Things have not changed today. Yes, there are a lot of good people out there who could very well be described like Cornelius, but by the same token they are also in need of the Gospel. Let us go in search of all those who, like Cornelius, are searching for the Truth which will set them free.