Jesus is clear that Peter’s revelation, that He (Jesus) is the Son of God, is a solid foundation to build the Church. Peter’s denial of Jesus doesn’t seem to match up to this call. However, you see in Peter the redemptive qualities of Christ. Jesus, in resurrection, brings Peter to the forefront.
Upon the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God ushers Peter into the role of proclaiming the gospel unto the world. He preaches his first sermon and thousands come into the revelation of Christ Jesus and full salvation. Not a bad way to start.
Peter also gives us a solid foundation for entering the Kingdom reality through trances. What? Right now, some of you are saying, “no way, that’s new age.”
Simply look to the word of God here… Acts 10:9-23
“On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground…”
In this trance, Peter simply gets the revelation to bring the gospel to the gentiles. In other words, “Take the gospel to the non-Jew”. More than likely this is you. If Peter does not get this revelation through a trance, you may have never heard the gospel. Well, not until someone else would have got the word to “go” unto the gentiles.
“But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me, and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air. “I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’ “This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky.”
I believe that God used “THREE” as a symbol to Peter to remind him of the grace extended to him even though he denied Jesus three times. You’ll notice this pattern in Peter’s life.
Trances are like visions, except you completely lose consciousness of your surroundings. Trances take us of our natural mind as we are overcome by the Spirit of God. They are like a dream-like state while we are awake. Trances are a vehicle that the Lord uses to take us into an encounter, such as a doctor will put you “under” before the operation.
The Greek word for trance is ekstasis which means a displacement of the mind, i.e. bewilderment, or “ecstasy“. Trances can last any length of time, from a few seconds to several hours.
Trances seem to happen to underscore the importance of the message the Lord is communicating. The Lord took Peter into a trance for the purpose of changing the doctrine of the early church that the Gospel should be preached to the Gentiles. Pretty important, right?
PRAYER: Lord, I’m open to your ways. They are higher than my ways. I’m open to you using a trance to communicate anything you want Jesus. Protect my mind and spirit to hear and see clearly from you alone. I say, “Use me Lord. Here I am.”