Acts 7:54 – 56 – Now when they heard this, they were infuriated, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

This is an amazing passage of scripture; Steven is the first Christian martyr.
This was a turning point for the Christian Church. From this time on, the emphasis of the Lord was turning to the gentiles. Steven saw this and embraced the moment – the gospel was to go to all of the earth.

Notice in this verse that Phillip was “full of the Holy Spirit”. This was a fresh infilling just for that moment. The effect of this fresh filling was a glorious revelation of Christ for Steven; he looked into heaven and literally saw the glory of the Lord. He saw Jesus standing – that’s right – standing at the Father’s side. I think this vision of Christ has significance for the end of the age. This is the only time we ever see Jesus stand up. Apparently, He is seated on His throne until His glorious return. Could it be that this was about more than Steven’s death? Could it be that this death was the seed for world harvest, seeing the gentiles from around the world come to Christ?

Maybe there is more to Luke’s observation of Jesus standing in heaven. Could it be that as we draw near to the end of the age that Jesus is preparing to stand again? Are we that close to the moment He mounts the white horse and returns to earth? I believe that all of this is true- I think we are entering the end of the age of the gentiles. Steven was a big part of opening the door to world evangelism at the beginning of this age. As we draw near to the great day, Jesus is preparing to lift Himself from His throne. As He does the flow of the river will increase drastically, the oil of joy will be poured out in greater measure. A fresh wave of glory and power will come upon His sons and daughters. The age of the gentiles is about to end- it’s gonna get really wild as it does.

2 thoughts on “FULL OF THE SPIRIT”

  1. looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God. Steven was not worried about what was going on around him. He saw his savior with open arms. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness. Matt 25:23.

  2. Martyrdom, not something casually talked about but a reality coming, as fore told in the Word. I’m not sure, like Peter’s example when he boasted in the garden, then denied Jesus the three times, someone without the power of the Holy Spirit, is able to complete this ultimate task. Peter did later, long after his Pentecost filling, have his name on the martyrs list. Loving the Lord more than loving this life, a question we all must answer.

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