And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
“they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.” What a place to be!! They had to fabricate assertions, hire false witnesses to bring accusations against him. Can we find ourselves so full of the Spirit, so close to Jesus that those who bring arguments cannot stand against the Holy Spirit within us? He was found faithful and strong. Can the same be said of us?
There is much opposition to God’s church, those who follow Christ, but it has withstood the test of time and attack. God’s words still stir the hearts of men and women. It still brings a harvest of souls for His kingdom. And it is still angrily, violently opposed by those who cannot receive. What to do? Continue to be found faithful. May our faces be seen like that of an angel, so close to God, it shows.