“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision,” – Acts 11:5
Peter begins his defense. What was Peter brought before the counsel of leaders to defend? He had shared the baptism of the Holy Spirit with Gentiles, and had invited them into the church. This was a new thing. Sometimes new things upset the status quo, and people are called to account.
Peter begins his defense by talking about a trance and a vision. How would that go over at your church?
The Spirit told me to accompany them without hesitation. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He informed us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter.’ – Acts 11:12-13
Then Peter pulls out the God card. He is explaining himself, and he tells them that the Spirit of God told him to go with these men. Then he tells how Angels had come to Cornelius to tell him to send for Peter.
For the early church this was all they needed. They knew that God communicated in these ways and they could see that what took place was of God. Oh, that we would all be testifying of the miracles we experienced and the visions, dreams, angels and trances through which God has spoken to us—AND that the church would receive our defense.