Yes Bruce, but am not sure you are recognizing that they evidently received the Spirit written about this in John chapter 20, as you have pointed out. But were not baptized in the Spirit yet, until the day of Pentecost.
And perhaps we do receive the Spirit when we repent, just as they did in John chapter 20, but this does not mean we are baptized with the spirit either. Because I do believe that the evidence of this baptism is speaking in tongues. I realize some disagree with me on this. But it says they all did speak in tongues on that day of Pentecost none the less.
And yes, it says nothing about the house of Cornelius having repented preciously before peter went there to minister to them, true. But isn't that why God sent Peter to them in the first place? My seeing that they had repented, whether it brings this fact out or not. Not everything is brought out about what did go on entirely in the Book of Acts as I see it today. You just have to sort thru it, to figure out what was going on there most of the time. That is sort of why I prefer anymore someone looking at what it does say about the foundational principles of god being established in ones life in what is written in Hebr. 6:1-2. Because it does pretty clearly tell you what is required in those two verses in order for that foundation to be established finally in ones life. Even better than Acts 2:38 does IMO. although it is saying the same thing. As there are times when nothing is said in Acts about repenting at all, but speaks of baptism in water only, that being true when Philip baptized the eunuch in water finally. Did he repent, and receive the baptism in the Holy Ghost then? Doesn't say does it? But it does say he went his own way worshipping and praising the Lord. Also the same is true about when Philip baptized in water those written about this in Acts 8:12 also. It saying nothing about their repenting either, but we know they did, because Philip baptized them in water. But then they were also not baptized in the Spirit yet, because if you read on further, it talks about God then sending Peter and John to Samaria, their laying hands on them to receive Spirit baptism. Same thing concerning Paul also. Ananias was sent to Paul, it saying nothing about him repenting either, does it? But we know he did. Nor does it say anything about his receiving the baptism of the Spirit either. But we also know He had to have received it sometime. So when did he. Probably IMO, he received it when Ananias layed hands on him. Healing does not just always consist of one being healed in the physical, but can be also a healing in the spiritual realm at the same time too. Then it tells about Paul then arising and being baptized, which most people assume that was when He received Spirit baptism. But I disagree. Why? Well since when do you have to arise to be baptized in the Spirit. But to be baptized in water, you definitely have to arise and go to the water for that to happen don't you? And of course, then there are those that were John the Baptists disciples that paul ran into over there in Acts chapter 19. And we know that John had baptized them certainly. Yet because they had never heard of Jesus Christ yet at all, but Paul baptized them in water again, and directly after that, they then received the baptism in the Spirit probably while still in the water, because of their beginning to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance also, but also prophesied too. Yet it says nothing about them repenting either does it there either. Although we know they had to have, because Paul would never have baptized them into or in the name of the Lord at all if they had not done so. Nor would they definitely not have received the baptism in the Holy Ghost either. Honestly, when studying the book of Acts, you have to be able to rightly divide at the same time. Mainly because of the way the writer did write what happened then. But it is the book that tells us more about what the first church did do for us to begin on those foundational principles than any other one written. And that was the one book the Lord started me studying about this issue come 25 years ago, after I asked HIM to reveal truth to me about this, once I did see I had been lied to myself. Actually we made a deal more or less I guess. I told HIM to teach me all there was to know about this issue, and if He would do so, I would begin to go and tell what He did show me to others then. But not until I did have some understanding of all of this. And He did do so, and I am doing what I told him I would do also. And will never stop as long as He sends others to me to tell them about how they can begin to overcome sinfulness in their lives too. Because you really cannot begin to do so until you are established on the that foundation fully at all. Not that we cannot cease from walking in sinfulness by just stopping to do some things, as we can. But you cannot clean up the sins of the heart by stopping anything. Those that deal with bitterness, forgiveness, hatred of others by yourself at all, without the Lord doing it. To walk clean in that area daily, that takes the Lord bringing forth his righteousness within our hearts and lives first. If you do not believe me, just try to walk in the love that Jesus was speaking of for those that do the things Jesus talks about written in Mt. 5: 44-48, without the Lord doing this for you totally. It is impossible for you to love your enemies as yourself without HIM bringing forth His love within you. And it will not happen fully until you are on that foundation either. You can claim it does, but I know better by experience. Because that was the one thing that caused me to cry out to God asking Him what was wrong when I finally did see it in the Word myself back then. That is the whole purpose of the cross to begin with. We think it is for forgiveness, and it is. But Jesus tells us why He was here to die, in Lk. 4:18-19. And it says nothing about forgivness of sins there at all. It speaks entirely of our being delivered from the bondages of sin. And that probably is because mankind could receive forgiveness of sins before the cross by the sacrificing of animals. which apparently went on even before the law was established way back in the beginning in Genesis. At least bringing a sacrifice before the Lord. Meaning somehow Adam and Eve had to have known this because of what Cain and Able did.
And today, we are to present ourselves as that sacrifice, by our choosing to give up the ghost that brought forth sin within us to begin with at our baptism in water, that ghost Paul calls there in Rm. 6:6 the old man. which is when we receive the deliverance from the bondages of sin, in order to then go on and become the child of God that He desires for us to become. Why do you think this baptism has not been understood by the majority of believers. Well for one thing, it is one of those foolish things that God has told us to do, that does confound the wise, to begin with. I mean what in the heck can some water do anyway. Is the water on this earth holy to begin with. NO. Not even if you pray over the stuff is it holy. But it is where we are told to begin in Christ Jesus to begin with, in order for the crucifixian of that old man to take place within our hearts, that does keep us in bondage to sin. And that once this is done, and we are filled with the Spirit as well, then that completely closes the door to the devil entirely within us. And all he has left to tempt us with, is flesh. and that is going to go back to the dust anyway isn't it. At least I am going to get that new body, whether anyone else want one or not. God is a three part God, and in order to be established on the foundational principles of Christ, there are three things we are to do in faith for this to happen.
And yes, I know what it also says about their only being one Spirit written in Ephesians too. But surely you all are not going to leave the baptism in the name of the Father, and also the one in the name of the Son are you?
I will leave you to ask God about that one for yourself for now.