If anything speaks of the character of Stephen, it was his knowledge of Scripture. From Acts 7:2-53, we see that he had a clear and detailed reservoir of the knowledge of the Old Testament. Through that, he was able to paint a picture of Israel’s history beginning from Abraham right down to their present day. Along with that outline, Stephen began to apply the principles of truth in the Scriptures to the spiritual condition of his accusers.
I think Stephen was also taking a page from the ministry of Jesus. When the Pharisees tried to trip up Jesus with a question about the law, He responded with a question about “the son of David” and then quoted from Psalm 110. Then Matthew comments, “And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions” (22:46).
Paul assured his son in the faith by reminding him of the valuable training he received from his mother and grandmother; “from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
Paul calls the word of God “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). Being able to wield this tool requires that you are familiar with it and are able to use it under His control and power. Without the Spirit, the Bible will be used out of context and for selfish means.
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