29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?” 30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
Whenever the Word of God is set before us, we must remember that we are not dealing with a mortal man but that God is present and is calling us. From such respect for God arise the majesty of the Word and reverence in hearing it.
It is only true faith when we give ourselves wholly to God of this complete faith. Most people only submit to God’s teaching as far as it pleases them. If anything displeases them, they disregard or reject it without caring.
Cornelius wisely distinguished between God and man, for he saw God as the author of the doctrine, leaving man the role merely of minister and ambassador.