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

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

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

  • RevJazzyJ for verse 38
    Ask a College English Professor to examine Acts 2:38 They will tell you Jesus is the name of the Father, Jesus is the name of the Son, and Jesus is the name of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, If you have seen me you have seen the Father Jesus is the Son, as He is God robed in flesh 100 God 100 man. Jesus is the Holy Ghost, He is a Spirit and he that worships Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth. See also John Ch. 3:5-20. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Deuteronomy 6:4
  • Butch guillotte for verse 38
    Search the scriptures for in them u think u have salvation. Faith without works are dead. Jesus said, hehaye that Believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, this spake he of the Holy Ghost Acts 2:38 Peter obeyed, Jesus in Luke 24:45-49. I pray God open your understanding. Acts 8:15-16, acts 10: 43-47, acts 19:1-6, 16:33. They risked there lives to be baptized- acts 19, they were rebaptized. It is Gods pattern, Wash at the laver that u die not.
  • Jonathan for verse 38
    Baptism requires the work of a mortal man. Salvation does not come from any works. It comes by calling on the name of the Lord. We are saved by grace, thru faith, not of works lest any man should boast. Jesus ' blood is all that was required for the atonement of our sins. If we believe in Jesus, repent of our sins and ask him to save us, that is all that is required for salvation. Baptism is an important thing to show that we have changed and are now a child of God but it has nothing to do with receiving the gift of salvation.
  • Kristopher Meyer for verse 38
    The Bible clearly says unless ye be born again of Water and of spirit... Ye shall NOT enter into the kingdom. Why did anyone that was not baptized in the name of Jesus Christ go back and get rebaptized in the name of Jesus. If it 's not important why did Jesus do it himself. Moses didn 't think the small things were important either and hit the rock instead of speaking to it and for his disobedience he would never enter into the promise land. God is very literal and expects us to obey. When we do it out way we get punished.
  • Born again 1pet1:23-25 for verse 38
    care of my brother STEPHEN HOOPERS The reason people do not like Acts 2:38,is it donot agree with the doctrine of the Trinity.There is no record of water baptism in the titles or trinity in the word of God.After Jesus rose from the dead,he spoke to the Apostles for forty days,he told them to baptize in the father,and the son,and the holy ghost.The apostles went forth and baptized in the name of jesus.Either jesus is the name of the father,and of the son,and of the holy ghost,or the apostles did not obey what jesus commanded them to do.I believe the apostles were right,they were guided by the holy spirit.I thank God for this truth.God bless apostles Knew THE NAME of this FATHER,SON,HOLY GHOST its not "baptize in the father, and the son and the holy ghost " it should be Baptizing them " "IN THE NAME " " ' singular this is you pastor brother mentor what is you name Stephen Hoopers mathew 28:19 go ye therefore, and teach all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost NAME is singular baptizing them " "INTHE NAME " " " "who 's name? " of the FATHER of course who is that Father is the FATHER is a name or a tittle and of the " SON " is the SON is name or a tittle and of the "HOLY GHOST " is the HOLY GHOST is a name or tittle 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 received the gift of HOLY GHOST.
  • Shocking that any man would say the Father of all creation is a person human being ! He certainly manifested Himself quite well in the person of Jesus Christ, as well as many other ways and the Holy Spirit God is a Spirit of the Eternal Father of All has been at work on this earth since the onset of creation. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent...no man can split Him up into separate parts!!! Pray about this as you read the entire Bible again and again and again!! God bless! OL