54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” 57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:54-59
This is the story of Stephen in this passage today. He was the first to be martyred for Christ as well as the start of the persecution of early church. Stephen was facing some fearsome people and certain death. I know some of the thoughts that go through my head are, if I am faced with the same situation, what would I do? Let’s face it, it would be a very scary situation being faced with being stoned to death. What Stephen had was the confidence in knowing that either God was going to get him out of this situation or He was going to help him endure the stoning. It also says that Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. We could go back a few blogs ago when I talked about Moses and Pharaoh. Moses did not have the words to tell Pharaoh what he was going to do, but God provided those words through the Holy Spirit. Stephen had talked about all the patriarchs that came before him and showed the connection to Jesus. He spoke with strength and certainty and did not shrink back in fear. Even when he was being stoned he kept his focus on Jesus and probably was spared a lot of the pain. So the answer to the question if we would be able to do this is yes, we would have the right words at the right time given to us by the Holy Spirit.