Bruce Collins. I am an evangelist and teacher of the Bible. I
became a child of God by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Christ on November 24, 1963 and have tried to serve the Lord in various
capacities since then. I am presently an itinerant minister of
the Gospel. I do not work for an organization but I try to
serve the Lord in the best way that I can wherever He leads. That
means that my wife and I have our financial needs met by the Lord as we do
not have a salary from any church or organization. We believe
that the Gospel is free so we have never made a charge for our services.
am available for Bible studies, conferences, Gospel meetings, children's meetings
and camp work. I have traveled throughout much of the United States
and Canada in my service for the Lord. My wife helps me, and
we attend the Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have encouraged us
by commending us for this work.
wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children.
One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
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The Centurion had a
Acts 10:33 So I sent to you
immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all
present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God."
centurion was a Roman soldier who either had or who was converting to
Judaism. He was sincere in
his desire to worship the one true God; and, for some reason, he thought
that was the God that the Jews worshiped.
God recognized his sincerity by acknowledging the things in his
life that showed his reverence. But
the Jews had crucified the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.
This man needed to know that this crucified man who had been
raised from the dead was the answer to his need.
people ask me what happens to the people who have never heard the Truth.
It seems that those who seek the Lord do find Him as the Lord has
promised. The Lord speaks
through creation, through our consciences, and through His Word.
When any one of these things causes a person to seek the Lord, He
will make sure that they hear the clear message of the Gospel.
That was true with Paul on the Damascus Road who was a Jew.
That was true of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8 who was from
Africa. That was also true
of the this man who was a Gentile living with the Jews.
The Ethiopian came from Noah's son Ham, Paul came from Noah's son
Shem, and this man came from Noah's son Japheth.
So there is no partiality shown by God to those who seek Him.
Whosoever will may come and drink of the water of life freely
(Revelation 22:17). Whosoever
means whosoever. Those who
never hear the Gospel will have to ultimately admit that they never
sincerely sought to know the Truth.
through His angel told Cornelius to send for Peter.
By the time Cornelius' servants had gotten to Joppa, Peter had
been prepared to go with them to a man Peter would have thought was
unclean by Jewish standards. But
God had told him not to call that which God had cleansed common or
unclean. Even though it must
have been difficult for Peter to accept the fact that He was to preach
to a Gentile, He was obedient and went.
then tells Peter when He arrives, that, “Now
therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things
commanded you by God." They
didn't want things sugar coated. They
didn't want to hear part of the truth; they wanted to hear ALL THINGS
that Peter was commanded to tell them.
Peter preached the same truth that Paul preached and that we
preach today. That message is summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 by
Paul, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He
was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the
Scriptures.” Paul them
mentions the witnesses to the resurrection as does Peter.
Peter emphasizes that believers receive forgiveness of sins.
Are we as open minded
as Cornelius was? I realize
that the primary application to his readiness had to do with how to
become a Christian and not how to act once he became a Christian.
But wouldn't a person who has received the truth of the Gospel
want to be open to all the teaching of the Bible having to do with
pleasing and glorifying God?
I realize that we
must rightly divide or correctly explain the word of truth (2 Timothy
2:15). But if the truth is
found in an epistle, wouldn't that be a proper explanation of the truth
of Scripture as it applies to New Testament believers?
I have always assumed that unless the epistles themselves
indicate that the things mentioned are not for our day, then the
epistles should be taught as the way we should please God today.
1 Corinthians 13 mentions gifts that will vanish or fade away or
cease. But we who are saved
should be open to all the teaching found in the Bible and as explained
by the epistles.
Today, I hear about
the major things that please the Lord and the minor things that should
be ignored. I personally
have not found the minor things. I realize that I am perhaps
obsessive—compulsive by nature. Today I also hear that we cannot carry
out the principles of the epistles, either morally or ceremonially
because society and culture has changed.
I really don't want to meet the Lord and try to explain to Him
why principles connected with baptism, the Lord's supper, headship as
evidenced in the local church and moral evil have all changed.
I don't want to explain why we have arranged things in the church
in such a way that the Holy Spirit no longer leads our worship and
teaching. Peter could not be
considered a proper teacher today because he didn't have a Bible degree.
Nor could John. They
were considered “uneducated and untrained (Acts 4:13).”
But I would personally like to listen to either of these men if I
could today. I read and
re-read what they have written.
I would like to
believe that some of us are still, “all present before God, to hear
all the things commanded by God.”
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