Acts 10:47

“Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Can any man forbid water, that these should not bee baptized, which haue receiued the holy Ghost, as well as wee?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we {did,} can he?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Will any man say that these may not have baptism who have been given the Holy Spirit as we have?
- Basic English Bible

Can any one forbid water that these should not be baptised, who have received the Holy Spirit as we also [did]?
- Darby Bible

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
- Webster's Bible

Can any one forbid the use of water, and object to these persons being baptized--men who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?
- Weymouth Bible

Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?
- World English Bible

Thanne Petre answeride, Whether ony man may forbede watir, that these ben not baptisid, that han also resseyued the Hooli Goost as we?
- Wycliffe Bible

Then answered Peter, `The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit did receive -- even as also we?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 10:47


10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost? - He does not say they have the baptism of the Spirit; therefore they do not need baptism with water. But just the contrary: if they have received the Spirit, then baptize them with water. How easily is this question decided, if we will take the word of God for our rule! Either men have received the Holy Ghost or not. If they have not, Repent, saith God, and be baptized, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. If they have, if they are already baptized with the Holy Ghost, then who can forbid water?


People's Bible Notes for Acts 10:47


Ac 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized? Peter's scruples were overcome. He was now satisfied that the gospel was for Gentiles as well as Jews. God had made no difference in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He asks his Jewish brethren if any man can give a reason why they should not be baptized. Wesley says: ``How easily is the question decided if we take the word of God for our rule. Either men have received the Holy Spirit, or not. If they have not, then "Repent", saith God, "and be baptized, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Ac 2:38). If they have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, then "who can forbid water"?''

Discussion for Acts 10:47

  • The new birth is essential in order to enter the kingdom of God according to John 3:3-5 . Both water and Spirit are necessary. Some people claim that Cornelius and his household were saved or born again once they received the Holy Ghost. The truth of the matter is they didn 't have the complete new birth without the water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus allowed Cornelius and his household to receive the Holy Ghost even before they were baptized in order to assure Peter that God had accepted the Gentiles to become members of the church of Jesus Christ. Peter understood that he could not withstand God because the Lord had allowed the Gentiles to receive the Holy Ghost. Now Peter knew that Cornelius and his household had to submit to being baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ. They could not forbid water and be born again. The Lord had already assured Peter through a vision that God had accepted the Gentiles. When the Gentiles received the Holy Ghost this was double assurance that both Jews and Gentiles would be part of the church. Notice the words of Peter. "Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ what was I, that I could withstand God? " Ats 11:17 .
  • Philip du toit for verse 47
    Is receiving and baptized with the Holy Spirit tge same thing,the same strength.

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