Re:Verse reading–Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-58, 8:1-5, 26-38 (day three)
“Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power…” By grace we are saved. The mighty acts of power were necessary to push back the rot of a decaying universe through the healing of broken bodies, pointing to a day when all things will be new. But grace governed that power. That is why Stephen could use it to reveal God and resist the temptation of leveraging it to gain the upper hand. It was the grace brimming in his soul that enabled him to turn his eyes to heaven. It was the grace flooding his spirit that gave him the peace to fall asleep. And it was the grace radiating from his life that reached a young man named Saul, and began the preparatory work for his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus.