This is the second in a series of seven posts based on Acts 6-7 and the martyrdom of Stephen exploring if it is a foreshadow of end-time persecution for the Church.
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This morning we explore the spiritual wisdom of Stephen.
The seven brothers, including Stephen, who were chosen to provide for the widows, were known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.
Acts 6:5 ‘They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, also Philip, Procurus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to their apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.’
Intense periods of tribulation sharpen the minds and the spiritual perspectives of everyone. The end-time persecution will be a time when foolish indulgences will be put aside and we will be deeply immersed in prayer and intercession.
The lukewarm complacent distractions of the church will be swept away.
Daniel 11:33 ‘Those who are wise will instruct many…’
In the end-times, God will raise up wise souls who will be able to console and instruct many people in these most difficult of times.
Stephen was a humble servant moving in the miraculous.
Acts 6:8 ‘Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.’
Likewise, the end-time Church will be moving deeply in the miraculous and many will be saved by the genuine signs and wonders that are ministered. However, this will only serve to arouse opposition towards the Church.
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