Acts 10:13

13 Then he heard a voice saying, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat."

Acts 10:13 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 10:13

And there came a voice to him
Formed by an angel, or rather by Christ himself:

rise, Peter, kill and eat;
he might be on his knees when he fell into this trance, being at prayer, and therefore is bid to rise; and he is called by name, the more to encourage him to do as he was ordered; and he is bid to kill and eat of all the creatures without distinction, which were represented to him in the sheet; and the design of this was to teach him, that both the distinction between clean and unclean creatures in the law was now abolished, and men might lawfully eat of whatsoever they pleased; and that he might and should without any difference converse with all sorts of men, Jews and Gentiles, circumcised and uncircumcised, and preach the Gospel to one as to another, and maintain a church communion and fellowship with all equally alike.

Acts 10:13 In-Context

11 He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners.
12 In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air.
13 Then he heard a voice saying, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat."
14 But Peter said, "By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean."
15 The voice said to him again, a second time, "What God has made clean, you must not call profane."
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