The author of Acts tends to exaggerate, part of his style (hyperbole).
2:5 Jews of every nation under the heavens.
2:44 All who believed lived together
4:47 having favor with the whole people
9:35 All the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon who saw him turned to the Lord
13:44 on the coming sabbath almost all the town (gather to the synagogue, must have been a ...
This is a rhetorical figure called synecdoche, designating "all" for a part of the population, but implying that such a part was very numerous.
Synecdoche of the Whole for the Part in the Bible
Gn 6:17 Now behold, I Myself am bringing the flood of water upon the
earth, to destroy all flesh in which there is the breath of life, from
under heaven; ...
I would say "both Jews and Greeks" describes it. And as we read on to 12 great miracles happened that likely made much news, so perhaps indeed it really was all, every head of household in that area likely heard of Paul and his message and miracles.
The two incidents quoted by the OP are discussing quite different occasions:
Acts 9:15 is describing the call to ministry and apostleship of Paul by Jesus Christ Himself.
Acts 13:2 is describing the calling by the Holy Spirit of Paul and Barnabas for a particular mission - the first missionary tour in this case - just one of many such callings that Paul ...
Providing the man's age functions to add two elements to the miracle.
Magnify the nature of the miracle.
Add symbolic meaning to the miracle.
Magnify the Miracle
The man had been in the condition since birth:
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they ...
What is the scope of Peter’s statement in Acts 10:35?
God is not partial.
Jews did not enter the houses of Gentiles, Peter however affected by the vision entered the house of Cornelius and after he related what happened, Peter was moved and declared:
In Acts 10:35
“in every nation, the man who fears [God] and does what is right is
welcome to Him.”
What is the scope of his statement here, specifically as it pertains to the word, “welcome”?
God It's not partial, but in every nation he who is fearing him and acting righteously is acceptable. Acts 10:35
Cornelius and his friends were acceptable to God because they feared him and acted righteously, and this was even before Simon was sent to them.
Perhaps the verse could be translated a bit differently than is quoted in the question. Consider, first, the grammar, as shown in the interlinear.
Notice that the word translated as "welcome" is an adjective, and not a verb. Next, notice that in the interlinear gloss it uses the word "acceptable" for the Greek "dektos." This ...
To get the answer, it's necessary to go back to Acts 3:1 and read through to verse 11. There's too much to copy here, so in summary this was Peter and John going into the temple in Jerusalem. At the gate a man born lame lay there begging. The apostles did not give him alms but got him to look at them while those magnificent words was said to him, "...
Wanted to give context of why it was stated they were lying to God, and His Holy Spirit that was either in Peter (partially)or in the Lord who brought the final judgment to the couple. I think it helps to see there is a difference of the Holy Spirit being in a believer, compared to God (who is Spirit) or fully in the Spirit of the Lord.
"First of all, ...
What does Acts 4:22 mean by referring to the age of the man that was healed?
As OzzieOzzie's answer points out, the man was "lame from birth". (Acts 3:2) There is another similar incident that we can reference that has additional insight.
In John chapter 9, we read about Jesus' miracle of restoring sight to a man born blind. When the man is being ...
The רוח אֱלֹהִ֑ים ,Ruach Elohim is the Spirit of God, mostly understood as an equivalent of God or His Will.
The Holy Spirit, רוח הקודש, Ruach ha-Qodesh in Jewish understanding is used as a synonym of His Spirit in particular if it is His Spirit in men. There is no doubt in Judaism that His Spirit is a Part of Him, a Gift of the Most High. Ps 51:10-12 ...
Does Acts 5:3-4 equate the Holy Spirit with God
In Acts 5:3-4, Peter says:
"Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit
and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it
remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in
your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You
For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.What does Acts 4:22 mean by referring to the age of the man that was healed?
The above verse refers to the beggar, at Acts 3:1-10, when he saw Peter and John began asking for a charitable gift.
Acts 3:1-10 NASB
Healing the Beggar Who Was Unable to Walk
3 Now Peter and John were going up to ...
The Holy Spirit is shown to be God throughout the Bible, and this passage in Acts simply agrees with all of the others on that point.
Jesus declared to the woman at the well: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24, KJV)
The Bible also is clear that God is holy: "Exalt the LORD our God, ...
In my view when it says that the man was over fourty years of age with blindness, it possibly tells us that even in an advanced age, he could be healed by Christ, for in that time it could be that:
a man could be healed by doctors when younger with that disease;
as it's confirmed by Barnes and Clarkes respectively:
For the man ... - The age of the man is ...
“ would this make "the Holy Spirit" and "God" one and the same? ”
Yes. This is expressed in other places also. We don’t need to presume or fabricate another reality to the one already provided. The Holy Spirit and the Father, God, are references to the same 'person'.
The disciples wrote about this quite tellingly.
for the Holy Spirit ...
We are not told. All we can assume is that the man was like all during the entire ministry of Jesus coming and going from the temple. That is, depite Jesus presumably passing the man several times, Jesus never healed the man.
Thus, it might be possible to understand this as a fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy to the disciples:
John 14:12 - Truly, truly, I tell ...
The Divinity (or otherwise) of the Holy Spirit is contentious for several reasons - it is the nub of the Arian vs Trinitarian debate, not because the divinity of the Holy Spirit itself is disputed, but because the OP's question assumes the personhood of the Holy Spirit.
Put another way, both Trinitarians and Arians, etc, all assume the divinity of the Holy ...
Seemingly limited lies can have broader implications:
At trial, one can lie to the court, and by doing so also lies to the entire judicial system.
Someone can lie to a spouse, and by doing so put a lie to their marriage.
Lying to a messenger is the same as lying to the recipient of the message.
If one considers God's holy spirit to be a communications ...
Over and above the laws of ritual purity, in the instances they were still relevant, this verse has no parallels in Jewish literature of the time. In fact, a great number of rabbis of the Talmud associated with gentiles and are even said to have been friends with Roman emperors. One named Antoninus is said to have converted this way. Also, Luke states that ...
Acts 2:27 - Did Jesus’ body not experience decay while it lie in the sepulcher?
In short, yes and no.
Looking at the event cited by Acts 2:27 with 20th-century knowledge, Jesus' body began to decay at the point of biological death. From birth, we could say that we begin to die but our cells are continuously being replaced. It isn't until biological death ...
The purpose of allowing the flesh of animals as food is a physical parallel to a spiritual truth: For as much as our physical life now comes from the death of an animal, our spiritual life comes from the death of Christ.
You can observe that although the selection of animals was narrowed under Moses, those of us who are not under Moses are not subject to ...
Yes they are the same. Remember Yahshua (Jesus) warned of the scribes. They have been added characters, and removing others since the beginning. In fact, they also changed the translation γραμματεῖς.SCRIBES, to TEACHERS OF THE LAW, because no only were they Covering up that Yahshua exposed them tampering with The Word, they also sowed among the word of God ...
The interpretation in my faith group is that while many early Christians had the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, it was bestowed on believers only through physical contact with the Twelve.
As to why, we can only speculate.
What is "the gift" of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38?
There is some confusion in the present answers which stray from the text at hand and go into the fruits of the spirit which is not in view here.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you ...
to bring out the sick into the streets, and to put them on cots and mats, that of Peter coming, at least the shadow might envelop some of them.
The shadow of itself is nothing. The idea is that by putting people on the street, as/if Peter walked by he would be in close proximity and that would be near enough for the holiness of God IN Peter to effect ...
Bible commentary is wonderful, but it is an error to move beyond what the text says.
It says the people wanted at least his shadow to fall. They wanted to get healed. They knew people were getting healed after encountering Peter. They believed his shadow would heal their sick.
The key to answering this question is to reconstruct the sequence of events early in the life of Paul. See appendix below. From this we conclude that:
The trip to Jerusalem and the 14 years occurred before the Jerusalem council
The Jerusalem council was another trip
The journey in Acts 19:2 was yet another apart from those above.
Thus, there is no ...
For the sake of the following discussion we will define “Pagan” as a person who is neither Christian nor Jew. Then we ask the question, “Can pagans be saved, as pagans?” The Bible appears to answer affirmatively.
“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law
requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have