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Read Acts 7:55-60


Read Acts 7:55-60

7:55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

7:56 "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"

7:57 But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.

7:58 Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

7:59 While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

7:60 Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he died.


Stephen boldly proclaimed the good news about Jesus, he was a deacon in the early church, among those chosen to see to the fair distribution of food among the widows.  This didn't keep him from preaching and his preaching offended the Sanhedrin who called for him to be stoned to death for blasphemy.  As he was dying he quoted Psalm 31:5 but changed it, as he prays this prayer he names Jesus as Lord:


Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (Acts 7:59)

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