“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)…rose up and disputed with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking” (Acts 6:8–10).
How can these two character qualities silence opposers? They come from the indwelling Holy Spirit who moves in those submitted to His will. Grace is a divine supply that comes from God alone to enable us to do what would be impossible without it. Persons who are outside the work of grace cannot understand both the work and words of grace that come from God. “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
In the same chapter, Paul wrote to Corinth that his “message was not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (2:4-5).
God uses the gospel of pure grace to show His power. It cannot be humanly understood. The simplicity of Stephen’s message of grace silenced his opposers. That is power! As we will see in the next chapter (Acts 7), the conviction in Stephen’s message drove them to stone him. That was the only way they could silence his words and his power.
Will our messages convict the hearers to repentance by its power?
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