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And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

Note 11 at Ac 6:5: Of these seven men who were selected, Stephen was one of the two mentioned again in the book of Acts. Ac 6:8 says Stephen was full of faith and power and did great wonders and miracles among the people. He was a powerful orator who spoke with godly wisdom under the direction of the Holy Spirit (Ac 6:10).

Part of his message must have been about the liberty from dead works and the grace that are available through Christ, as can be seen by the accusations leveled against him (Ac 6:13-14). The inner presence of Christ was manifest in his physical appearance (Ac 6:15).

He made a bold defense of his faith in front of the Jewish religious leaders, and this defense contained many insights into O.T. events not recorded elsewhere in Scripture. He saw the heavens open and Jesus standing at the Father's right hand (Ac 7:55-56), and then as he became the first martyr of the Christian faith, he prayed for those who were putting him to death (Ac 7:60), as Jesus did (Lu 23:34). His testimony was probably one of the major witnesses to Saul (Ac 7:58), who later became the Apostle Paul (Ac 13:9).

Note 12 at Ac 6:5: Philip, along with Stephen, was one of the two men selected here who was mentioned again in the book of Acts. Philip was also an evangelist (Ac 21:8 and Eph 4:11). Philip went to the Samaritans and was used of God to cause a great number of people to be converted (Ac 8:5-25). The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip and sent him to witness to a man of great authority among the Ethiopians (Ac 8:26-35). Upon this man's conversion, Philip baptized him and was then translated from the vicinity of Gaza to Azotus, a distance of about twenty miles (Ac 8:36-40). Philip took up residence in Caesarea, and the Apostle Paul visited him on his last trip to Jerusalem (Ac 21:8). Philip was married and had four daughters who prophesied (Ac 21:9).

Note 13 at Ac 6:5: Nothing else is mentioned of these other five men in Scripture.

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