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And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:59
The history books speak of many Christians who were persecuted for their faith and even martyred. Though it is true that these faithful ones lost their lives, something else is true: God defended each one who died in true faith.
Which raises a question: If God defended them, why did they die? Which begs an answer to this question: What does it mean to be defended by God?
The story of Stephen in Acts 7 gives insight. When Stephen stood firm for Christ in the face of Jewish persecution in Jerusalem, he was stoned. But just before the stones began to fly, he had a vision of Jesus in heaven standing at the right hand of God, waiting to receive Stephen’s spirit. Normally, Jesus is pictured seated at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1). But Jesus stood in honor of Stephen’s courage and commitment.
There is something more important than life, and that is eternal life. God defends the eternal life of all who, in true faith, stand for Him.
“Live near to God and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities”. Robert M. McCheyne
The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but, how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief. T. S. Eliot