While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
Comment: The story of Cornelius, if we think about it, is a good reminder of the fact that God is a trinity. Historically God (the Father) enters in Genesis 1 v1 as the Creator. Jesus (the Son) while strongly hinted at often in the OT enters via a cradle in Bethlehem to become the Saviour. The Holy Spirit is dramatically displayed at Pentecost. In this Cornelius episode we have the Father sending a messenger who tells the story of the Son, and today the Holy Spirit falls upon them in a gentile type reproduction of the Jewish Pentecost. Not surprisingly baptism follows as the sign of Cornelius coming to faith.
Prayer: I am me, O God. But I would in many ways be like Cornelius!