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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES - Chapter 2 - Verse 33

Verse 33. Therefore being by the right hand. The right hand among the Hebrews was often used to denote power; and the expression here means, not that he was exalted to the right hand of God, but by his power. He was raised from the dead by his power, and borne to heaven, triumphant over all his enemies. The use of the word right hand to denote power is common in the Scriptures. Job 40:14, "Thine own right hand can save thee." Ps 17:7, "Thou savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee." Ps 18:35; Ps 20:6; 21:8; 44:3; 60:5, etc.

Exalted. Constituted King and Messiah in heaven. Raised up from his condition of humiliation to the glory which he had with the Father before the world was, Joh 17:5.

And having received, etc. The Holy Ghost was promised to the disciples before his death, Joh 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-15.

It was expressly declared,

(1.) that the Holy Ghost would not be given except the Lord Jesus should return to heaven, (Joh 16:7) and

(2.) that this gift was in the power of the Father, and that he would send him, Joh 14:26; 15:26. This promise was now fulfilled; and those who witnessed the extraordinary scene before them could not doubt that it was the effect of Divine power.

Hath shed forth this, etc. This power of speaking different languages, and declaring the truth of the gospel. In this way Peter accounts for the remarkable events before them. It could not be produced by new wine, Ac 2:15. It was expressly foretold, Ac 2:16-21. It was predicted that Jesus would rise, Ac 2:22-31. The apostles were witnesses that he had risen, and that he had promised that the Holy Spirit should descend; and the fulfillment of this promise was a rational way of accounting for the scene before them. It was unanswerable; and the effect on those who witnessed it was such as might be expected.

{d} "Therefore being by the" Ac 5:31; Php 2:9 {e} "having received" Joh 16:7,13; Ac 1:4

{f} "hath shed forth this" Ac 10:45; Eph 4:8

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