But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God… Acts 7:55 NKJV
This verse speaking of Stephen who, after giving a long testimony and witness against the councilors he was brought before, was about to be killed for his faith. How wonderful of God to let he see heaven, the glory of God and Jesus waiting for him! Can you imagine what that would feel like? If we could glimpse the glory of God, surely we would never cease to praise Him. (As a popular worship song says.) Stephen so full of the Holy Spirit was able to see exactly what lay on the other side of death. Seeing Jesus welcoming him into his new life in heaven, must have been an incredible moment! From the rest of the verse in Chapter 7, we see Stephen had no fear at all. God’s Word tells us that “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). He was about to be stoned to death, yet he was not concerned, for his sights were set on Jesus Himself! Had Stephen not been filled with the Holy Spirit, I’m confident he would have been in panic – thinking about what was happening to him in the moment and fearing for his life. How beautifully calm he is while been stoned. He even calls out in a LOUD voice “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” Why do you think he yelled this so loud? I don’t know about you, but that statement clearly indicates to me that Stephen lead his life by the spirit, not by the flesh. If someone is throwing rocks at you for the purpose of killing you, naturally you would try to escape or get angry or throw stones back, but not Stephen. It just goes to show you with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
In Christ’s Love,
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