“ Saw his face as it had been the face of an angel ” – Acts 6: 15. We can scarcely br wrong in tracing this description to the impression made at the time on Saint Paul, and reported by him to Saint Luke. It must be interpreted by the account given of angels as appearing in the form of ” young men ” ( Mark 16: 5 ) and so throws some light upon Saint Stephen’s age, as being, probably, about, the same standing as Saint Paul, and implies that his face was lighted up as by the radiance of a Divine brightness.
Therefore, the phrase seems to have been more or less proverbial. In the expand version of the book of Esther which appears in the seventy, She says to the King, as in reverential awe “ I saw thee, O My Lord, as an angel of God ” ( Esther 5: 2 ). In 2 Samuel 14: 17, the words refer to the wisdom of David rather than to anything visible and outwards. Here the impression left by Saint Luke’s narrative is that the face of Saint Stephen was illuminated at once with the glow of an ardent zeal and the serenity of a higher wisdom, when going through lapidation.
Death is the result of sin in the world, and without hope of a savior to forgive us for our sins, we are under the wrath of God. But thanks be to God that he sent His only Son to die for our sins and rise again to give believers eternal life in Jesus Christ ( John 3: 16 ). While we still face the physical consequences of living in a fallen world, death , we can set our hope in the promises of God through Jesus Christ, and rest secure knowing heaven awaits those who die in Christ. My hope is that the encouraging scripture I share below will lift your Spiritual eyes ( that the cause of Stephen’s joy ) heavenward as you wait to go home to Jesus: His presence is our ” sufficiency “