Acts 2:39

39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 2:39 in Other Translations

KJV
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
ESV
39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself."
NLT
39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away —all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
MSG
39 The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away - whomever, in fact, our Master God invites."
CSB
39 For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call."

Acts 2:39 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 39 For the promise is unto you
Either of the Messiah, and salvation by him, which was particularly given forth to the people of the Jews; or of the remission of sins, which was a branch of the covenant made with the house of Israel, in a spiritual sense, even the whole household of God; or of the pouring forth of the Spirit: and this promise was not only to them, but to theirs, even to as many of them as belonged to the election of grace; and whom the Lord their God would effectually call by his grace, as the last and limiting clause of the text, and which is to be connected with every part of it, shows:

and to your children:
this is the rather mentioned, because these awakened, and converted souls, were not only in great concern about themselves, for their sin of crucifying Christ, but were in great distress about their children, on whom they had imprecated the guilt of Christ's blood, as upon themselves; the thought of which cut them to the heart, and made their hearts bleed, within them: wherefore to relieve them, and administer comfort to them in this their distress, the apostle informs them, that the promise of Christ, and of his grace, was not only to them, who were now called, but it was also to their children; to as many of them as the Lord God should call; and who are the children of the promise, which all the children of the flesh were not, ( Romans 9:6 ) and to these the promise should be applied, notwithstanding this dreadful imprecation of theirs:

and to all that are afar off;
either in place, as those that were dispersed, among the several nations of the world; and so carried in it a comfortable aspect on the multitude of Jews, that were of every nation under heaven; or in time, who should live in ages to come; or else the Gentiles are intended, who were afar off from God and Christ, and the way of life and salvation by him; see ( Ephesians 2:12-13 Ephesians 2:17 ) even as many as the Lord our God shall call: not externally only, by the ministry of the word, but internally, by his grace and Spirit; with that calling, which is according to the purpose and grace of God, and is inseparably connected with eternal glory; the promise is to all such, and is made good to all such, whether they be Jews or Gentiles, fathers, or children, greater or lesser sinners. The Syriac version reads, "whom God himself shall call".

Acts 2:39 In-Context

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 44:3; Isaiah 65:23
  • 2. Isaiah 57:19; Acts 10:45; Ephesians 2:13