Acts 19:2

“He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Acts 19:2

He said vnto them, Haue ye receiued the holy Ghost since yee beleeued? And they saide vnto him, Wee haue not so much as heard whether there be any holy Ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? And they {said} to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they `said' unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was `given'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to them, Did you get the Holy Spirit when you had faith? And they said to him, No, we have had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

he said to them, Did ye receive [the] Holy Spirit when ye had believed? And they [said] to him, We did not even hear if [the] Holy Spirit was [come].
- Darby Bible

He said to them, Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed? And they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there is any Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you first believed? he asked them. "No," they replied, "we did not even hear that there is a Holy Spirit."
- Weymouth Bible

He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They said to him, "No, we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
- World English Bible

And he seide to hem, Whethir ye that bileuen han resseyued the Hooli Goost? And thei seiden to hym, But nether `han we herd, if the Hooli Goost is.
- Wycliffe Bible

he said unto them, `The Holy Spirit did ye receive -- having believed?' and they said unto him, `But we did not even hear whether there is any Holy Spirit;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Acts 19:2

Wesley's Notes for Acts 19:2

19:2 Have ye received the Holy Ghost? - The extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, as well as his sanctifying graces? We have not so much as heard - Whether there be any such gifts.

People's Bible Notes for Acts 19:2

Ac 19:2 Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? This question is asked in order to lead their way to a knowledge of their imperfect obedience. We have not so much as heard whteher there be any Holy Ghost. The Revised Version states: "Nay, we did not so much as heard whether the Holy Ghost was [given]". They had heard of the Holy Spirit; John always spoke of Christ as one who should bestow it (Joh 1:33), but they had heard nothing of the scenes of Pentecost and the descent of the Spirit. It must not be forgotten that they lived nearly a thousand miles from Jerusalem, in an age when each part of the world knew little of what transpired elsewhere.

Discussion for Acts 19

  • Andy G van den Berg on Acts 19:2
    On ACTS 19:4

    The Word of God is God (John 1:1) and is not of any private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20).

    The word 'Repent' in different forms (repent, repentance, repented, repentest, repenteth, repenting, repentings) is mentioned 110 times in the KJV, and means a lot more than what people by nature have been conditioned to believe. The word 'repent' used in the New Testament was translated from the Greek word "metanoeo", and means to change, transform, to think differently or reconsider.

    It is the key principle of all the teachings of Jesus Christ and the axiom (basis) of the Word of God and a prerequisite and primary requirement for the salvation of mankind. It actually means the changing of spirits - to turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18).

    For a better understanding and the 'spiritual truth' of what it means to repent, and learn how and by whom mankind has been deceived (Rev. 12:9) and what people must do to be reunited with the true and living God, we invite you to seek Him according to the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive (Matthew 7:7; John 14:17).

    You need not that any man teach you (Isaiah 54:13; 6:45; 1 John 2:27), as mankind follows after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; Gal. 4:8; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rev. 12:9).

    It is only by revelation of God that people will come to know the true Christ (Daniel 12:4,9; Amos 3:7; Matthew 16:17; Luke 2:26; Romans 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:10; Gal. 1:16; Eph. 3:3,5; Rev. 1:1), and only then will you be able to overcome the spirit of this world (1 John 5:4; Rev. 3:21) and learn what 'True Repentance' means, and how this whole world has been deceived (Rev. 12:9). It should also be remembered that it is a narrow way that leadeth unto 'Life', and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

  • Rick Colombe on Acts 19:2
    To Mishael: Yes Mishael, evil spirits are very real, but thanks to Jesus we have power over the enemy. I do want to ask why you felt the need to tell me not to mock things I don't understand? Have I offended you in some way? Was it my comment about Benny Hinn that bothered you? Again, I am not certain as to why you felt the need to respond to something I challenged. We as Christians are to test the spirits, and to prove all things. God's Holy Word is what we are to use as our plum line. With that said, let God be true, and let us lean on Him and His grace.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 19:2
    I lived in Tulsa 3 years as a contract draftsman. It's a whole different world of Christian ministry there. The unbelievers there hold nothing back at unrestrained mockery & public ridicule. That's where I was learning street ministry.

    Public is not like in here. I apologize for over-reacting.
  • Rick Colombe on Acts 19:2
    To Albert, my, my, my.... It certainly sounds like you have seen it all Albert. I have one question for you to answer. When and where did you see all these "healings and exorcisms?" It sounds as though you have been to a Benny Hinn gathering.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Acts 19:2
    Ridicule and accusation are spirits.

    Demons are real; and invisible. Be glad you've never had one try to break your neck! I have.

    Don't mock things you don't understand.
  • Trying on Acts 19:2
    God's days are not ours. 7 days to God could be millions of years to us. There were a lot of years before man came. There were a lot of years before Christ came. The earth is not Just 2000 years old. That's why there is B.C. and A D..

    In the Bible you have to remember these are early, early times. What was lawful then was made unlawful soon after. Just keep reading.

    Why there are different versions of the same story Because there are different writers of the same story with their own versions of what they learned, heard, and saw. They all had their own opinion and love of Jesus. They all had a different part in His life. So they all had a different story to tell of events in Jesus' life.

    Common sense is a valuable tool when reading the Bible. It is our "given" knowledge. Simple knowledge of knowing right from wrong or good from evil.

    If you read your Bible with a open heart, mind, and soul it will all be clear to you. You will see the AWESOME love God has for us in spite of us. He has never failed us. He has always just been a prayer away. We slipped away many a time BUT He has always been there waiting patiently for us to come back to Him. He doesn't cause bad things to happen. We do when we try to live on our own. God,like a good father waits, sometimes He sends nudges to remind us He is here ready to help us. He isn't pushy or commanding. He made the laws. We obey them or not, if we don't we are hurting us and Him( for He is Our Father). He cries for us. He waits for us but He never punishes us. We do that to ourselves. He protects and loves us and comforts us and He is there we just have to call out, have faith, to know, and believe.
  • Mishael on 2nd Timothy 31-8 on Acts 19:2
    Here's some good scriptures for parents of kids rioting in our streets.

    Jesus is Love but I don't think he would approve what is happening in our cities.

    These scriptures were canonized into the Bible.

    If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

    Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

    And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

    And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

    If they get hit with a rubber bullet... they should have been home (if living in parents basement), keeping it clean.

    2 Timothy 3:1-8

    This know also, that in the Last Days (Jude 18) perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, un-thankful, unholy!

    Please do read the other verses! So should society go soft on these people?
  • Albert on Acts 19:2
    I encourage all believers to receive the gift of the HolyGhost by the evidence of speaking with the other tongues. I ask everybody, "Have you received the HolyGhost since you believed? God is still pouring out the HolyGhost upon all those who believe. The HolyGhost is for everybody. From the WhiteHouse to the Outhouse. God will pour it out on all who receive him.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Acts 19:2
    Albert, Really? tongues was the least gift of them all per Paul.

    1 Corinthians 12:28 - And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (Tongues the last least gift.)

    1 Corinthians 12:29 - Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

    1 Cor 12:30 - Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? (the answer is NO)

    1 Cor 12:31 - But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

    1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues. (GREATER IS HE THAT PROPHESY THAN TONGUES)

    Why would anyone want the least gift?

    1 Corinthians Chapter 14: 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

    27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

    28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

    ....But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church....

    not one Pentecostal church I have ever been to have ever followed this in scripture.
  • Albert - in Reply on Acts 19:2
    I still all believers to experience the infilling of the HolyGhost by the evidence of speaking with other tongues Tongues are your evidence that God has put His Spirit within you (Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6) I am referring to the outpouring of the HolyGhost that happened in the book of Acts and was prophesied in Joel 2:28. I am not referring to the gift of tongues, one of the nine gifts that Apostle Paul was teaching the Corinthians. I have experienced the infilling of the HolyGhost by the evidence of speaking with other tongues. The church at Corinth were out of order and Paul wrote them to establish order in the church because they were misusing this particular gift. He taught in I Corinthians not only about tongues but communion, the order of creation, etc. Paul did not forbid them from speaking in tongues,but rather that ye prophesy. Tongues edifies the believer, unless he can interpret so that the church can be edified. Prophesy edifies the body of Christ. I certainly agree with you as it relates to the edifying of the church. I have experienced both in my lifetime. The gifts of the Spirit are in the church today and they operate through people. Paul taught on the correct use of them in the church. No, all are not apostles, nor prophets, nor teachers or workers of miracles. But all can receive the gift of the HolyGhost. The HolyGhost allows believers to operate in the capacity that you are referencing. I do not know what churches you visited where people are out of order. But when God is in control, people will be in order. The initial infilling of the HolyGhost was what I was talking about, not necessarily the gift of tongues. Without the gift of the HolyGhost, you won't be using the utilizing the gift of tongues.


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