The Apostles and the brothers and sisters throughout Judea heard that the
had also received the Gospel-word of God.
2 So when Peter came up to Jerusalem, the Jewish believers challenged him: 3 “You visited
uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
4 But Peter told them the whole story: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. Something
that looked like a large sheet was being let down from heaven by its four
corners, and it came down to me.
6 I kept looking intently at it and I saw four-footed animals, wild animals, crawling creatures, and birds.
7 I also heard a
voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘No, lord!
Nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But a voice from
heaven spoke again, ‘What God has cleansed, do not consider unclean!’
10 This happened three times, and then everything was drawn up again into
heaven. 11 At that very moment, three men arrived at the house where I was staying.
They had been sent from Caesarea to me.
12 The spirit told me to go with them
without hesitation. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered
the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house
and saying, ‘Send someone to Joppa and bring Simon, also called Peter,
14 who will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your
household.’ 15 Then as I began to speak, the holy spirit fell on them, just as on us at
16 And I remembered the lord’s word, how he used to say,
‘John baptized in water, but you will be baptized in holy spirit.’
 17 If then
God gave them the same gift as to us after believing in the lord Jesus
Messiah, who was I to stand in God’s way?” 18 When the Jewish believers heard this, they fell silent, and then glorified God, saying, “Then God has given even to the
Gentiles repentance leading to Life.”
19 The ones who had been scattered by the persecution following the death
of Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the
Gospel-word to Jews only. 20 But some of them, men from Cyprus and Cyrene,
came to Antioch and spoke to the Greeks also, proclaiming the lord Jesus’ Gospel. 21 The hand of the lord was with them, and a great number
believed and turned to the lord. 22 The report about them came to the attention
of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
23 When he
arrived and saw the grace of God, he was overjoyed. He encouraged them all
to remain true and faithful to the lord with determination. 24 He was a good man, full of
holy spirit and faith. Many people were brought to the lord. 25 Then Barnabas went
to Tarsus to look for Saul,
26 and when he had found him he brought him to
Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church there and taught large
numbers of people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called
 27 At that time some prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
28 One of them named Agabus stood up and prophesied by the spirit that there was about to be a terrible famine all over the inhabited world. And this famine happened in the reign of Claudius.
29 In proportion to each disciple’s ability, they decided to donate
to the relief of the brothers and sisters living in Judea.
30 So they did this, sending it to the
elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
That is, Gentiles, non-Jews.
Note that being baptized in spirit in no way removes the obligation to undergo water baptism.
To negate baptism in water would be a dangerous and direct refusal of a clear command of Jesus till the
end of the age (Mt. 28:19-20).