Acts 2:38

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Acts 2:38

Then Peter said vnto them, Repent, and be baptized euery one of you in the Name of Iesus Christ, for the remission of sinnes, and ye shal receiue the gift of the holy Ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Peter {said} to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Peter `said' unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Peter said, Let your hearts be changed, every one of you, and have baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will have the Holy Spirit given to you.
- Basic English Bible

And Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptised, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for remission of sins, and ye will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Darby Bible

Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

Repent, replied Peter, "and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, with a view to the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Weymouth Bible

Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- World English Bible

And Petre seide to hem, Do ye penaunce, and eche of you be baptisid in the name of Jhesu Crist, in to remissioun of youre synnes; and ye schulen take the yifte of the Hooli Goost.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Peter said unto them, `Reform, and be baptized each of you on the name of Jesus Christ, to remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Acts 2:38

Wesley's Notes for Acts 2:38


2:38 Repent - And hereby return to God: be baptized - Believing in the name of Jesus - And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost - See the three - one God clearly proved. See #Ac 26:20|. The gift of the Holy Ghost does not mean in this place the power of speaking with tongues. For the promise of this was not given to all that were afar off, in distant ages and nations. But rather the constant fruits of faith, even righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Whomsoever the Lord our God shall call - (Whether they are Jews or Gentiles) by his word and by his Spirit: and who are not disobedient to the heavenly calling. But it is observable St. Peter did not yet understand the very words he spoke.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 2:38


Ac 2:38 Repent, and be baptized. For the first time the terms of pardon under the New Covenant and the Great Commission are given; given once for all time, and always the same. The convicted, broken-hearted, sorrowing sinner, believing that Jesus is the Christ, is to repent and be baptized. Repent. Not sorrow. They already sorrowed; but a change of purpose; the internal change which resolves to serve the Lord. The Greek term "metanoeo", rendered "repent", means a change of mind. The act of obedience in baptism is an outward expression of both faith and repentance. In the name of Jesus Christ. "Upon the name" (Revised Version). Upon the ground of the name. In submission to the authority of Jesus Christ. For the remission of sins. Thus, by complying with the conditions just named, they shall receive remission of sins. No man can receive pardon without faith and repentance, nor can he without submission to the will of Christ. Meyer says: ``"Eis" (for) denotes the "object" of baptism, which is the remission of the guilt contracted in the state before "metanoia" (repentance).'' And Prof. Hackett writes: ``"In order to the forgiveness of sins" we connect naturally with both the preceding verbs. This clause states the motive or object which should induce them to repent and be baptized.'' The gift of the Holy Spirit. Promised as a comforter to all who obey Christ, but whom "the world cannot receive" (Joh 14:17).

Discussion for Acts 2:38

  • Maggie K Valentine on Acts 2:38
    Immediately upon submitting ones life to Jesus, and acknowledging His death as the ultimate sacrifice for our dastardly sins; in that nanosecond our names are written in the Lambs Book Of Life. Jesus immediately sends His Spirit to live and dwell in us.

    There is nothing we can do or say that will cause the Lord to send His Spirit upon us.

    It is a "free gift!" We can't earn it. Then the Spirit would be categorized as "Good Works!"

    Absolutely not! When Christ cried out in John's gospel, "It is finished" The sin debt was paid in full!! We did zero to earn the gift of salvation: just as we do nothing to prove to God we are now ready for His Spirit. Positively in error...
  • Charles R Peek - in Reply on Acts 2:38
    Acts 2:38, according to Matthew 10:5-7 is for the Lost sheep of the house of Israel; and first Corinthians 15: verse 3, and 4, are for the Gentiles. Take a look, and let me know what you think.
  • Greg on Acts 2:38
    What is God's stance on cremation? If a person decides to be cremated after dying, does it have any impact on their opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven with God?
  • What happens To Our Bodies - in Reply on Acts 2:38
    Revelation 20:13

    And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

    If God knows where every body is, in the sea,

    I'm sure He knows where people's cremated remains are. ( which contain some bone)

    Be at peace In your mind. Mishael
  • HOW ARE YOU FOLLOWING JESUS on Acts 2:38
    read about "the Spiritual Man" by Watchman Nee: its weighty, but thoroughly explains the inner workings of the flesh, our souls and the spirit (which is made alive) upon being born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit.

    The Godhead is made up of 3 distinct persons. We are born of flesh and soul. When we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, our spirits are made alive to God.

    The Holy Spirit tells us about Jesus. JN chapters 16-17

    That's why it's paramount to build up our inner most selves on reading the Bible. Why not begin reading in the New Testament?

    I did a study just in the Gospels about the dynamics between Jesus, the Father, the Holy Spirit; the Apostles; and you can see how the Body of Christ is to operate as a unit...one Body. It keeps you focused.

    The Old Testament can be accessed to see the prophesies that have been fulfilled, or the few that are being fulfilled now.

    We are to be involved in EQUIPPING the Saints of God for the Lord to have available; disciples to work in this End Time Harvest.

    We are to be His Body that sees, hears, teaches and preaches what we have learned; TO THOSE THAT ARE PERISHING !

    Has anybody memorized the link out on the Red Section that has the Link: How TO Become A Christian??

    Where is The Spirit of John the Baptist? Calling people to repent and be born again?

    Do you know enough to lead them in a prayer for salvation? Point them to a Church that possesses the pure milk of the Word?

    1 Corinthians Chapter 3

    1 And I, brethren, could NOT speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

    2 I have fed you with MILK and not with MEAT: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it; NEITHER NOW are ye able.

    3 For ye are yet CARNAL: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

    John 4:34

    JESUS saith unto them, My MEAT is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

    Mishael
  • Randy H. on Acts 2:38
    I'm seeing comments about the rapture for Acts 2:41 but I don't see anything about the church being taken up there. Rather I see about the Jewish believers in Jerusalem selling all they had and putting it all together for them to share with all as they have need. More than likely they, too, believed that Christ was returning very very soon, which he did not. Later we see Paul taking up collections from the jews that were scattered around Europe, to send to the poor believers in Jerusalem. In other words the original selling of their goods had been used up. Not sure how one would get the rapture from this. Just asking.
  • Lowell Blackwood on Acts 2:38
    does Jesus talk on effects of alcohol?
  • Willie on Acts 2:38
    I was baptized at 19, but i have a question that i have struggled with since, as i was in the pool getting ready to be baptized the Pastor said to the people watching lets all pray that the Lord will give rich the gift of speaking in tongues, I was shocked to hear him say that and when i came up from the water i was quite embarrassed because i didn't get the gift. My question is was i still baptized or must i get it again. I am a Christian and the lord has answered many prayers since that day, but i have often wondered
  • Leigh - in Reply on Acts 2:38
    Willie,

    Just stand on the scriptures, God will take care of the rest, He will honour Your stand on His Word.

    Acts 2:38 KJV

    [38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    Find someone who will baptise you in the name of the Jesus Christ, if you haven't already.

    Then you will not be tossed about by every ones opinions.

    John 16:13 KJV

    [13] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

    He will guide you into all truth.

    1 John 2:27 KJV

    [27] But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

    ye need not that any man teach you

    There you go Willie, that's God's Word.

    Stand on it, He promised it. Praise the Lord.

    Faith leads to obedience.

    John 15:7 KJV

    [7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

    You want Him to settle this doubt, ask Him and believe Him when He said - it shall be done unto you.

    Matthew 24:35 KJV

    [35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

    God bless you
  • Mishael to Willie - in Reply on Acts 2:38
    Sometimes you need to read a lot of scripture About the Holy Spirit to be CERTAIN about who He is and what He is all about. He is not a tongue.

    If you are nervous about who the Holy Spirit is... He already knows you are. He'll wait till you search the scriptures to be settled in your mind, that He is the 3rd person of the Godhead; He is the Spirit of Christ Jesus. Jesus went to the Cross partly so we all who believe on Jesus can receive the Holy Spirit without fears. Knowledge is strength.

    If your Bible has a dictionary OR a concordance; look up all those scriptures.

    When you ARE SURE you want the Holy Spirit ?? Then hold up your hands and say this out loud: " Holy Spirit I trust you and I want everything that you want me to have". I receive it now by faith. Thank you Jesus!!

    Amen! Praise God! So Be It! Hallelujah!


 

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