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GOD’S GRACE

February 2, 2016

Tuesday

 

Acts 6:8

 

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

 

 

LESSON

 

Luke presented the events surrounding Stephen’s martyrdom in Jerusalem next. He did so to explain the means God used to scatter the Christians and the gospel from Jerusalem into Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. This record also throws more light on the spiritual strength and vitality of the church at this time. Stephen’s experiences as recorded here resemble those of our Lord, as Peter’s did in the earlier chapters.

Stephen was “full of grace” “and power”, as well as the Holy Spirit, wisdom, and faith. His ability to perform miracles seems unrelated to his having been appointed as one of the Seven. Jesus and the Twelve were not the only ones who had the ability to perform miracles.

In this day and age, God allows Satan to counterfeit signs and wonders, and there are many who use tricks and other gimmicks to make people think they are seeing signs and wonders. So it is not always safe to judge a teacher by whether or not they seem to be able to perform signs and wonders. Today, we must use the infallible, always trustworthy Word of God to determine truth and error.  But the Jews in Stephen’s day should have known that Stephen was from God because of the signs and wonders that he performed. But they did not. They were so hard of heart that they refused to listen to what he said, and ignored the signs that accompanied his teaching.

 

Memory Verse: Hebrews 4:16

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