They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.. grace and power (Acts 6: 5,8)
From reading Acts 6, one has a suspicion that committees were the brainchild of the early church. The good news is that the group described here was assembled to bring help to the hurting – Greek widows who were not receiving their fair share. The committee included Stephen, a young man full of faith, grace, power, and God’s Holy Spirit.
What makes this passage so important is its emphasis on spiritual armor’s role in performing good deeds. For Stephen, that armor included “faith”, a conviction that his life was totally directed by God; “grace”, a lifestyle that spoke of Christ, even when he was silent; and “power”, the result of allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way.
Ultimately, Stephen’s uncompromising life so antagonized his enemies that after a no-holds-barred discourse, he was dragged outside and stoned to death – making him Christianity’s first martyr.
Standing by that day was one Saul, a slayer of Christians. Undoubtedly, the influence of a young man filled with faith, grace, and power followed Saul until the day he encountered God on a road to Damascus. That’s when Saul became the apostle Paul.
– From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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