20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
20 Verse 20. For it is-the Spirit of your Father, &c.] This was
an extraordinary promise, and was literally fulfilled to those
first preachers of the Gospel; and to them it was essentially
necessary, because the New Testament dispensation was to be fully
opened by their extraordinary inspiration. In a certain measure,
it may be truly said, that the Holy Spirit animates the true
disciples of Christ, and enables them to speak. The Head speaks
in his members, by his Spirit; and it is the province of the
Spirit of God to speak for God. Neither surprise, defect of
talents, nor even ignorance itself, could hurt the cause of God,
in the primitive times, when the hearts and minds of those Divine
men were influenced by the Holy Spirit.
Your Father] This is added to excite and increase their
confidence in God.