MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
“…I will come again,
and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Those who resist the Holy Ghost are characterized as stiffnecked and with uncircumcised hearts, but Spirit-filled saints are always submissive to the will of God whether in enjoying life or facing death. Which are you? Are you easily provoked to wrath when someone reproves you and you wish to destroy the person? Or are you one who will prayerfully consider the Word of God and examine yourself?
Sees the glory of God: We are told in this passage that a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit was not hateful of God’s Word or His people. Having seen the fierce faces and the violent desires of the people to destroy him, Stephen was calm, looking up stedfastly into heaven. His trust was in the Lord. Thus the psalmist declared boldly, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand” (Ps 121:1-5). Stephen saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. He was assured that God knew what he was going through. He saw Jesus in a posture that manifested His care and attention towards him. Such is the love of God upon those who are faithful to Him.
Sees the Son of man: Stephen saw the heaven opened, prepared for his coming. He saw Jesus standing ready to welcome him. He saw his Lord looking forward to meet His beloved whom He purchased at the cross of Calvary. O, what a sweet assurance it is for believers that we are not a people who are lost, but the Lord of heaven is ever ready to receive His chosen to be with Him for eternity in glory. That is why the psalmist could say, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Ps 116:15).
Are you assured of heaven and its glory? Do you trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour for ever and ever?
THOUGHT: Am I eternally secured in Christ?
PRAYER: Father, I thank Thee for Thy great salvation so rich and so free.