Wisdom Speaks

Acts 7 Are you able to share the gospel clearly to unbelievers? There are many programs that offer this as a stepping stone for believers to share their faith. But, Stephen did not have this and as we read his testimony we find that not only does he know the history of his people but he also knows that truth: without faith one cannot please God. (Heb 11:6) Jesus had told the religious leaders that they were searching the scriptures for in those alone would they find salvation. He also told them that He was the Messiah whom Moses had written about and he would be their judge. As we read this entire chapter, the longest in the book of Acts, we find that the tension rises until no longer do the religious leaders want to hear the truth. 

We meet people that want the short answer to salvation but Stephen shows us that God has given His Word and His Messiah so that we can know for certain the truth that Jesus alone is the savior. And how did the religious leaders react? Dr. Luke reveals to us that they ran on Stephen and stoned him to death, which then reminds of the words of Joseph: “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” [Gen 50:20] 

What good did the stoning of Stephen bring about? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode.

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