- Acts 6:6-10
- Acts 6:6 (KJB)
- Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid
their hands on them.
- These seven men were not just accepted as is but they had to appear
before the Apostles and no doubt they were probably questioned as to their
salvation and their commitment to Christ. This is how it should be in the
church, when someone is suggested for an office, they need to be scrutinized
by those in charge as to their salvation experience and their commitment to
Christ, plus there should also be an investigation into the character of the
person. Too many times, people are placed in leadership positions in the
church not because of their qualifications, but because of who they know and
that almost always winds up in a bad situation for the church. I attended a
church some years ago and one of the men was not attending church, so to
remedy this situation, they wanted to offer him a position as Elder so he
would come to church. How ludicrous can one be, if a person is not
interested in coming to church, why would you want to make him a ruler in
the church because obviously he is totally deficient in all areas spiritual.
This is precisely why the seven men were brought before the Apostles and
evaluated, then they were found acceptable so they prayed and gave their
approbation by laying on of their hands.
- Acts 6:7 (KJB)
- And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were
obedient to the faith.
- Once again the evangelistic fervor was operational. The word of God had
increased or grown rapidly which resulted in many more becoming saved and
this time the leaders could not keep the influence of the Gospel out of the
Temple as a great number of the Priests had become saved. I am sure that
this was once again becoming a great dilemma for the leaders, especially
with many of the Priests becoming saved. According to Josephus, at this time
of Pentecost in Jerusalem, there may have been as much as 20,000 Priests. If
a great majority of them became saved and with their understanding of the
Hebrew Scriptures, they would have been able to do some great preaching
while confirming Christ as Messiah according to the Scriptures. This verse
also shows that when the right people are placed in the right positions
according to their spiritual gifts, then the word of God progresses and
increases and many become saved, even those who we think are beyond
salvation. It would not surprise me is some of the Priests that became saved
were of the company who called for the crucifixion of Christ.
- Acts 6:8 (KJB)
- And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and
miracles among the people.
- Full - Complete
- Now this verse focuses on Stephen. He was chosen as one of the seven who
was to wait tables but this shows that just because he was doing that
particular ministry does not mean that he was not qualified to do other
types of ministry. Stephen had a powerful ministry which was akin to what
the Apostles were doing. He was an example of a Christian who was completely
sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ. Here was a Christian who was not part of
the band of the Apostles yet had a very powerful ministry like them, which
shows us that not only those who are church leaders are mightily empowered
by God, but other Christians also and Pastors must be very careful that they
do not quench their spirit and ability because of jealousy. If a Christian
in a congregation has great potential, they need to be nurtured so their
gift and talents will be cultivated properly and then placed into the proper
ministry according to their spiritual gift.
- Acts 6:9 (KJB)
- Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the
synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of
them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
- Than as soon as Stephen was beginning to work mightily among the people,
the opposition starts to gather. The Libertines were former slaves that were
set free by their Roman Masters. The Cyrenians were from Cyrene which was
located west of Egypt on the Mediterranean coast. The Alexandrians came from
Alexandria, Egypt which produced the largest school of Gnosticism. It was
Alexandria where the pure Bible manuscripts were corrupted and the
corruptions are inside every modern version from 1881 on. Cilicia was Paulís
home province located in southeastern Asia Minor. Then Asia was the area of
western Asia Minor. These men had begun to dispute the biblical teachings of
Stephen. It is really amazing as the scriptures teach that Stephen was doing
miracles among the people and yet these intellects were actually disputing
these things. How do you dispute a man that has been blind or lame and can
now see or walk? What could you possibly offer as an argument against such
things? It is the same today, a person gets saved who did drugs or alcohol.
How can one actually argue against the fact that the Gospel has transformed
their lives, when the evidence is standing right there?
- Acts 6:10 (KJB)
- And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by
which he spake.
- Resist - Oppose, withstand, or stand up against
- Stephenís defense of the faith and his proclamation of the Gospel was so
powerful that his detractors were unable to oppose it with their beliefs.
Stephen spoke in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the prescribed manner
that the Lord prophesied. (Mat 10:19
KJV) But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall
speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Stephen was now fulfilling the Scripture of Matthew
10:19. Stephen would have no idea what arguments would be offered and that
is why the Lord tells us that the wisdom of defense will be given in that
very hour as needed and as a result, they could not match it.
(Acts 7:51 KJV) Ye stiffnecked and
uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your
fathers did, so do ye. In Stephenís
sermon in Acts 7, he had made the statement plainly that they always
resisted the Holy Spirit and that is why they were unable to see truth just
as the group opposing him in this verse.