Acts 10 - Cornelius - Saved or Unsaved?

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Herald

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The short question is, "was Cornelius saved before hearing Peter's message or not?" The text strongly infers that Cornelius was not acquainted with the Gospel, although he was a God worshiper. What say you about Cornelius' spiritual state before he heard Peter's message?
 

KMK

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Cornelius was a part of a class of Gentiles called 'God-fearers' who had left Paganism and attached themselves to synagogue worship. However, as the text implies, Peter's sermon was his first exposure to the Gospel. Therefore, Cornelius was not regenerated until Peter's sermon.
 

Peairtach

Puritan Board Doctor
Cornelius was well acquainted with the Gospel if he had heard or read the Old Testament Scriptures.
 

Cymro

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Acts 11:13-14, "send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter,
Who will tell you words by which you and all your house WILL be saved."
 

Peairtach

Puritan Board Doctor
Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God (Acts 10:4)

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Reformed Covenanter

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I hold he was a believer in the coming Messiah, who, prior to coming into contact with Peter, did not realise that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ. I suspect this condition was common among both believing Jews and Gentile God-fearers in the early days of the New Testament.
 
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