(For as yet he was fallen on none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)As yet he was fallen upon none of them.—The same verb is used of the gift of the Spirit in Acts 10:44; Acts 11:15, and of Peter’s trance in Acts 10:10. It is manifestly used to express an unlooked-for change in a man’s normal state of consciousness, the sudden advent of new powers and feelings.Acts 10:44; Acts 11:15. It does not differ materially from the common expression, "The Holy Spirit descended." It means that he came from heaven; and the expression "to fall," applied to his influences, denotes the "rapidity" and "suddenness" of his coming. Compare Acts 19:2.For as yet he was fallen upon none of them; by which it is plain that the Holy Ghost as the author of saving grace, is not here meant, for so he was fallen upon all them that did believe, for faith is the gift of God; but he was not yet bestowed upon them as the author of those extraordinary gifts mentioned Acts 2:4.
They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus:
1. They were baptized by his authority and commission, Matthew 28:19.
2. By baptism they now belong unto and are united with him; they are baptized into Jesus Christ, Romans 6:3.
only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus: all as yet appeared in them was, that they were believers in Christ, and had been baptized in his name, upon a profession of their faith; and more than this they had been called to, or qualified for: the word "only", does not respect the form of baptism, as if they had been baptized only in the name of Christ; whereas they were doubtless baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; but refers to baptism itself, which was the only ordinance as yet administered to them.(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 8:16. ἐπιπεπτωκός: the verb is characteristic of St. Luke, and used by him both in his Gospel and in Acts of the occurrence of extraordinary conditions, e.g., the sudden influence of the Spirit, cf. Luke 1:12, Acts 10:44; Acts 11:15; Acts 19:17, cf. Revelation 11:11 (Acts 10:10 cannot be supported, and in Acts 13:11 read ἔπεσεν). Similar usage in LXX, Exodus 15:16, 1 Samuel 26:12, Psalm 54:4, Jdt 2:28; Jdt 11:11, etc. Friedrich, Das Lucasevangelium, p. 41 For the word as used by St. Luke in another sense also characteristic of him, see below on Acts 20:37, and Plummer on Acts 15:20. On the formula of baptism see above p. 91, and “Baptism,” B.D.2, p. 352, and Hastings’ B.D.—ὑπῆρχον here perhaps = “made a beginning,” took the first step (Lumby).16. they were baptized in [into] the name, &c.] The preposition, which is the same that is used by Christ (Matthew 28:19) at the institution of the Sacrament, implies the tie by which the new converts are in baptism bound to Christ as His followers, servants, worshippers.Verse 16. - Had been for were, A.V.; into for in, A.V. Into the name. In seems preferable (comp. Matthew 10:41, 42). The use of the prepositions in the New Testament is much influenced by the Hebrew, through the language of the LXX. As regards baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus, here and ver. 39, T.R.; Acts 10:48; Acts 19:5, we are not to suppose that any other formula was used than that prescribed by our Lord (Matthew 28:19). But as baptism was preceded by a confession of faith similar to that in our own Baptismal Service, so it was a true description to speak of baptism as being in the Name of Jesus Christ.
See on James 2:15. Rev., more literally, had been.
In the name (εἰς τὸ ὄνομα)
Lit., "into the name." See on Matthew 28:19.
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