In these passages is the account of Peter telling the disciples in Jerusalem of the conversion of the Gentiles in Caesarea. The disciples chastised Peter for entering the Gentiles’ house and eating dinner with them. However, after Peter related his story in detail, the disciples accepted Peter’s account. They said, “God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”
Cornelius and his household professed their belief in Jesus, received the Holy Spirit, and were baptized; but they were not guaranteed Salvation at that moment. Their Salvation was not assured. Rather, they were granted repentance that leads to Salvation.
Salvation is the hopeful end of a lifelong journey. The Bible says, “The path is narrow, and the gate is small that leads to life, and only a few find it.” If we want to make it to Heaven, we must persevere in living rightly before God.