Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quote from James Montgomery Boice

Our sermon today was on two questions "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" and "Who are you Lord?", ably preached by Rev. Jane Filken. In her sermon she shared a quote from the commentary on Acts from James Montgomery Boice who wrote this:

"In the trial and martyrdom of Stephen, perhaps for the first time in his life, Saul must actually have come face to face with a true and articulate Christian.  What an impression it must have made on him.  Saul was educated; so was Stephen.  Stephen may not have had the equal of Saul’s superb education-at least technically- but when Stephen gave his testimony before the Sanhedrin, he demonstrated a knowledge equal to that of his chief persecutor.  It was a natural part of him…Could Saul have given an address that powerfully? I think, too, that Saul must have been impressed with Stephen’s final words.  As Stephen died, he looked up to heaven and said ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man [Jesus] standing at the right hand of God.’ Could Stephen have been lying? Under those circumstances?...I suspect Saul asked himself if he could have died like that.  Was his faith as strong as Stephan’s? Could he die with peace of mind and heart? Did he have that moral character that could ask forgiveness for his murderers at that moment when he was being killed?"

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