New American Standard Bible
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.
King James Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Darby Bible Translation
for he was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith; and a large crowd of people were added to the Lord.
World English Bible
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord.
Young's Literal Translation
because he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith, and a great multitude was added to the Lord.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For he was a good man - This is given as a reason why he was so eminently successful. It is not said that he was a man of distinguished talents or learning; that he was a splendid or an imposing preacher; but simply that he was a man of an amiable, kind, and benevolent disposition - a pious, humble man of God. We should not undervalue talent, eloquence, or learning in the ministry, but we may remark that humble piety will often do more in the conversion of souls than the most splendid talents. No endowments can be a substitute for this. The real power of a minister is concentrated in this, and without this his ministry will be barrenness and a curse. There is nothing on the earth so mighty as goodness. If a man wished to make the most of his powers, the true secret would be found in employing them for a good object, and suffering them to be wholly under the direction of benevolence. John Howard's purpose "to do good" has made a more permanent impression on the interests of the world than the talents of Alexander or Caesar.
Full of the Holy Ghost - Was entirely under the influence of the Holy Spirit. This is the second qualification mentioned here of a good minister. He was not merely exemplary for mildness and kindness of temper, but he was eminently a man of God. He was filled with the influences of the sacred Spirit, producing zeal, love, peace, joy, etc. See Galatians 5:22-23. Compare the notes on Acts 2:4.
And of faith - Confidence in the truth and promises of God. This is the third qualification mentioned; and this was another cause of his success. He confided in God. He depended, not on his own strength, but on the strength of the arm of God. With these qualifications he engaged in his work, and he was successful. These qualifications should be sought by the ministry of the gospel. Others should not indeed be neglected, but a man's ministry will usually be successful only as he seeks to possess those endowments which distinguished Barnabas - a kind, tender, benevolent heart; devoted piety; the fulness of the Spirit's influence; and strong, unwavering confidence in the promises and power of God.
And much people - Many people.
Was added unto the Lord - Became Christians.
LibraryA Nickname Accepted
'The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch' --ACTS xi. 26. Nations and parties, both political and religious, very often call themselves by one name, and are known to the outside world by another. These outside names are generally given in contempt; and yet they sometimes manage to hit the very centre of the characteristics of the people on whom they are bestowed, and so by degrees get to be adopted by them, and worn as an honour. So it has been with the name 'Christian.' It was given …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
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Other New Testament Names for "Being Filled with the Spirit. "
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number,
The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.
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