Acts 1:2
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New International Version
until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

New Living Translation
until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

New American Standard Bible
until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

King James Bible
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen.

International Standard Version
up to the day when he was taken up to heaven after giving orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

NET Bible
until the day he was taken up to heaven, after he had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Until the day in which he was taken up, after he had commanded the Apostles whom he had chosen by The Spirit of Holiness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
until the day he was taken to heaven. Before he was taken to heaven, he gave instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles, whom he had chosen.

Jubilee Bible 2000
until the day in which, having given commandments by the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen, he was received on high;

King James 2000 Bible
Until the day in which he was taken up, after he through the Holy Spirit had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

American King James Version
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen:

American Standard Version
until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up.

Darby Bible Translation
until that day in which, having by the Holy Spirit charged the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up;

English Revised Version
until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Ghost unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

Webster's Bible Translation
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen:

Weymouth New Testament
after giving instruction through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen, He was taken up to Heaven.

World English Bible
until the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

Young's Literal Translation
till the day in which, having given command, through the Holy Spirit, to the apostles whom he did choose out, he was taken up,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-5 Our Lord told the disciples the work they were to do. The apostles met together at Jerusalem; Christ having ordered them not to depart thence, but to wait for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. This would be a baptism by the Holy Ghost, giving them power to work miracles, and enlightening and sanctifying their souls. This confirms the Divine promise, and encourages us to depend upon it, that we have heard it from Christ; for in Him all the promises of God are yea and amen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Received for taken, A.V.; commandment for commandments, A.V.; after that he had given commandment through the Holy Ghost for after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments, A.V. The commandment or directions given by our Lord to the apostles between the Resurrection and the Ascension are recorded partly in Luke 24:44-49; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15-18; John 21; and yet more fully in vers. 3-8 of this chapter. Through the Holy Ghost. The sense is certain. Jesus gave his charge to his apostles through the Holy Ghost. It was by the Holy Ghost abiding in him that he spake to the apostles. This is the repeated declaration of Holy Scripture. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me" (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38. See also Luke 4:1; Matthew 12:28; Hebrews 9:14; and for the construction, Acts 11:28; Acts 21:4). Received up (ἀνελήφθη); the stone word as is used in the Septuagint of Elijah (2 Kings 2:10, 11). In Luke 24:5 it is carried up. (ἀνεφέρετο)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Until the day in which he was taken up,.... That is, into heaven. The historian suggests, that his former treatise took in the main and principal things Jesus did and taught, until such time that he ascended to heaven:

after that he, through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments unto the apostles, whom he had chosen: our Lord having chosen twelve of his own free grace and goodness, and not according to their worth and merit, to be his apostles, a little before his ascension to heaven, gave them more express and explicit commands and orders where they should go, into all the world, to all nations; and what they should preach, the whole Gospel, salvation by faith in him, and particularly repentance and remission of sins; and what ordinances they should require believers to attend to; and how they themselves should conduct and behave in their work: the phrase, "through the Holy Ghost", may either be read in connection with "had given commandments", as the Vulgate and Arabic versions read, and as we do; and the sense be, that these commands which Christ gave to his apostles, were not merely his orders, as man, but were what the Holy Ghost was equally concerned in with him, and were from him as God, and so carried a divine authority with them; and at the same time that he gave them to them, he breathed into them the Holy Ghost, whereby they had a more clear view of his doctrines and ordinances, and were more qualified to minister them; and besides, had an intimation given them, that they might expect still greater gifts of the Holy Ghost: or it may be read with the latter clause, "whom he had chosen"; as in the Syriac and Ethiopic versions; and then the meaning is, that just before his being taken up to heaven, he gave some special orders and directions to his apostles, whom he had chosen to that office through the Holy Ghost, and not through human affection in him, or according to any desert of theirs; but as under the influence of the Holy Spirit, with which, as man, he was anointed without measure; and whose gifts and graces he communicated to his disciples, to fit them for the service to which they were appointed: or with the apostles; they being sent by the Holy Ghost, as well as by Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. after that he, through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments, &c.—referring to the charge recorded in Mt 28:18-20; Mr 16:15-18; Lu 24:44-49. It is worthy of notice that nowhere else are such communications of the risen Redeemer said to have been given "through the Holy Ghost." In general, this might have been said of all He uttered and all He did in His official character; for it was for this very end that God "gave not the Spirit by measure unto Him" (Joh 3:34). But after His resurrection, as if to signify the new relation in which He now stood to the Church, He signalized His first meeting with the assembled disciples by breathing on them (immediately after dispensing to them His peace) and saying, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost" (Joh 20:22) thus anticipating the donation of the Spirit from His hands (see on [1930]Joh 20:21, 22); and on the same principle His parting charges are here said to have been given "through the Holy Ghost," as if to mark that He was now all redolent with the Spirit; that what had been husbanded, during His suffering work, for His own necessary uses, had now been set free, was already overflowing from Himself to His disciples, and needed but His ascension and glorification to flow all forth. (See on [1931]Joh 7:39.)

Acts 1:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Introduction for Theophilus
1The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Cross References
Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mark 6:30
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.

Mark 16:15
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:19
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.

John 3:34
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

John 13:18
"I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: 'He who shared my bread has turned against me.'

John 20:21
Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

Acts 1:9
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Acts 1:11
"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Acts 1:22
beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection."

Acts 10:41
He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen--by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

Acts 10:42
He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
Treasury of Scripture

Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments to the apostles whom he had chosen:

the day.

Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken …

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received …

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, …

John 6:62 What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

John 13:1,3 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour …

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, …

John 17:13 And now come I to you; and these things I speak in the world, that …

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my …

Ephesians 4:8-10 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

Hebrews 6:19,20 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, …

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

through.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

Isaiah 11:2,3 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Isaiah 48:16 Come you near to me, hear you this; I have not spoken in secret from …

Isaiah 59:20,21 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and to them that turn from transgression …

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: …

Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of …

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

John 3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not …

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to …

Revelation 2:7,11,17,29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

Revelation 3:16,13,22 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will …

given.

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

Mark 16:15-19 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Luke 24:45-49 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures…

the apostles.

Acts 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where …

Acts 10:40-42 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly…

Matthew 10:1-4 And when he had called to him his twelve disciples, he gave them …

Mark 3:14-19 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he …

Luke 6:13-16 And when it was day, he called to him his disciples: and of them …

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture …

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has …

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, …

Ephesians 2:20 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

2 Peter 3:2 That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by …

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the …

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