In Acts10, Cornelius’ prayers were acknowledged by God. However, he was not yet saved. Can you explain this? Thanks.
To understand the situation, we need to keep in mind how early in the history of the Christian Church the event in Acts 10 took place. Cornelius was a Gentile whose beliefs were Jewish. Through his faith in the Savior whom God promised, he was a child of God. That is why God heard and answered his prayers.
Like other Jewish believers before him, Cornelius was looking for the promised Savior. Peter told Cornelius that the waiting was over because God had fulfilled his promises of a Savior in Jesus of Nazareth. Now the focus of Cornelius’ faith shifted from the Savior who was promised to the Savior who had come. With that in mind, Cornelius and his family were baptized.