Acts 11:1-18 Repentance Was Granted To Gentiles.
Peter and the other apostles and brethren knew that the Gentiles had received the word of God (v. 11), because they had a proper fear of God, which was seen in works of righteousness (10:35). They had also received the Holy Spirit, according to God’s sovereign will (10:44-48). Nevertheless, “those of the circumcision contended with him,” because he associated with the Gentiles (vv. 2-3). So Peter had to educate them just as God had to educate him (vv. 4-15). In recounting what had transpired, Peter reiterated why he had gone to Caesarea-that the people there might hear the words by which they might be saved (v. 14). This account also included the Holy Spirit’s coming upon the hearers, and Pater said that he then remembered the words of the Lord Himself when He said, “John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (v. 16 Cf. Mt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Jn 1:26, 33; Acts 1:5; 19:4). Therefore this was also a fulfillment of the Lord’s words, and Peter argued that it would not be right to discriminate against these brethren when they had clearly been accepted by the Lord (v. 17). “When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life” (v. 18). With these words we also see that repentance, like faith, is also something that must be “granted.”