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Jesus Anointed by God with the Holy Spirit

Acts 10:38 (ESV) … “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”

It was not only what Jesus had declared that had proved Him to be a Man apart, anointed by the Holy Spirit, uniquely walking with God. It was what He had done. “He went about doing good,” said Peter, summing up his impression of the astonishing three-and-one-half years he had spent with Jesus. What an epitaph! And in His wake had been the mighty miracles that had demonstrated His deity—a ceaseless flow of genuine, documented, fully authenticated miracles, performed under all conditions on all kinds of cases, setting people free from the oppression of the devil.

The fame of these things had reached the four corners of the land, and, although Jesus never visited Caesarea, the nationwide stir He caused must have raised ripples even there.

So Peter talked about the living Word, the Word that, as John put it, “was made flesh, and dwelt among us” so that people “beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). How Peter’s Gentile audience must have listened![1]

Peter made it clear that Israel was God’s instrument for accomplishing His work (Acts 10:36), but that Jesus is “Lord of all,” and not just Lord of Israel. From the very founding of the nation of Israel, God made it clear that the blessing would be from Israel to the whole world (Gen. 12:1–3).

[1] Phillips, J. (2009). Exploring Acts: An Expository Commentary (Ac 10:38). Kregel Publications; WORDsearch Corp.

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