The following day he (Peter) arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
Cornelius craved a relationship with God, so I can imagine his excitement when Peter arrived. But when Cornelius falls at Peter’s feet, Peter teaches us that showing reverence to a human is wrong. We should only bow down to God.
When we tolerate someone who demands reverence, we’re putting that person on God’s throne. No one should ask to intercede on our behalf when we feel the need to repent. Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross to be our High Priest. He connects us directly to God.
Peter never would’ve asked anyone to bow their head and kiss a papal ring. We should run from a church that has a leader who puts him or herself on God’s throne because God won’t be in that church. God wants the humble to lead us to Himself.
Father God, I praise you for your grace and mercy. I’m sorry that I wasn’t loving all day. Keep changing me Lord. I pray for church leaders. Make them humble like you did Peter. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 10:24-26 – Was Peter the first pope? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 539”
You handled this diplomatically. First we should be humble. Second we do not need a priest to forgive our sins. We can go directly to God and I believe that is what God wants us to do. We don’t need someone to intervene for us. God forgives ours sins through Jesus Christ, not a pope.
Thank you for praying for me. My health gets a little better each day. Thank you for praying for my family. I am praying for you and your family this morning. It is quiet and peaceful here and I have been able to pray with deep concentration. I like those kinds of mornings. I love you!