Acts 11:18 (English Standard Version)
18 And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
GENTILES GRANTED REPENTANCE; GLORY TO GOD!
Jews and Gentiles don’t fraternise. For a strict Jew to eat with a Gentile is like Tony Abbott joining the Labor Party. Not likely. Yet here Peter discovers that following Jesus is not restricted to Jews. Non-Jews can follow Jesus. Any one can follow Jesus. Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female (Galatians 3:28). Circumcised or uncircumcised, Barbarian or Scythian (Colossians 3:11). Rich or poor, healthy or unwell, young or old, Australian or not. Anyone can, but not everyone does.
Not everyone does because to follow Jesus means to unfollow all else. To unfollow the world and the flesh and the devil. This is what ‘repent’ means: to turn from anything else and to turn to Jesus. This turning is a gift from God. Repentance is a gift from God. It is a gift from the Father God (Acts 11:17) embracing believing in the Lord Jesus (Acts 11:17) and being baptised with the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:16).
Glory to God!
When Peter’s audience heard this news, they gave glory to God. So should we! Not so much because Gentiles were accepted by Jews – although that is astounding – but because Gentiles were accepted by God, which is better. Anyone who receives the word of God and repents and believes inherits life. Glory be to God!