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Acts 7:1-53 Stephen’s Testimony

The Spirit’s witness through Stephen

Stephen stands before the council accused of blaspheme. The specific charges were “this man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law” (verse 13). Well, let’s see how Stephen answers these charges.

The first thing Stephen does when asked to answer the charges is to address everyone in attendance (and judgement of him) as respectfully as possible. Stephen takes the charges very seriously and in answering them he starts at the beginning of the Jewish history, with Abraham, to lay a firm foundation for his testimony. He doesn’t give them his personal conversion testimony but God’s account of how the law was delivered and how the “holy place” was established and what their own ancestors, and themselves, did with what God had given them. Read more »