Acts 11:17

The like gift (thn ishn dwrean). The equal gift, equal in quality, rank, or measure. Common word. When we believed (pisteusasin). First aorist active participle of pisteuw in the dative case. It agrees both with hmin (unto us) and with autoi (unto them), "having believed on the Lord Jesus Christ." Both classes (Gentiles and Jews) trusted in Christ, and both received the Holy Spirit. Who was I (egw ti hmhn). Note order, "I, who was I." "That I could withstand God" (dunato kwlsai ton qeon). Literally, "able to withstand or hinder God." It is a rhetorical question, really two questions. Who was I ? Was I able to hinder God? Peter's statement of the facts made an unanswerable defence. And yet Peter ( Galatians 2:11 ) will later in Antioch play the coward before emissaries from Jerusalem on this very point of eating with Gentile Christians.