34 Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand
that God shows no partiality,
35 but in every
nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable
36 You know the
message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus
Christ -- he is Lord of all.
37 That message
spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John announced:
38 how God anointed
Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went
about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
39 We are witnesses
to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him
to death by hanging him on a tree;
40 but God raised
him on the third day and allowed him to appear,
41 not to all
the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who
ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
42 He commanded
us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained
by God as judge of the living and the dead.
43 All the prophets
testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness
of sins through his name.’
44 While Peter
was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the
45 The circumcised
believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of
the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles,
46 for they heard
them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said,
anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received
the Holy Spirit just as we have?’
48 So he ordered
them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited
him to stay for several days.