Acts 11:13-14, “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon,… who shall tell thee words, whereby thou shalt be saved”
A man may be a sincere and earnest seeker after truth and still not be saved man as yet,
(A) THE CHARACTER OF CORNELIUS
1. He was “a devout man” but upon his devotion he was not saved.
2. He was also righteous towards man vs. 22
3. He was a generous man
4. He was a man of prayer
5. He was an eager seeker after more light.
6. He was ready to obey the truth when he found it, whatever it might require of him.
(B) HOW WAS CORNELIUS SAVED?
1. First of all he prayed for light. Acts 10:31, 32.
2. He sought God for salvation and peace. 10:22, 11:13-14.
3. He obeyed the light that God gave Him step by step.
4. Another step toward salvation was that he heard the simple Gospel of Christ crucified and risen again of remission of sins through simple faith in Him.
5. Cornelius took a decisive step. He believed in Christ right there and was saved at once. God honoured that occasion with baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:44-45. They were baptized by immersion that same day. Acts 10:46-48.
Conclusion: Someone may be sincere and be an earnest seeker yet he is not saved until the person received the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of his life.