Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Saul here is the later apostle Paul. Who doesnt think Stephens death, in which he officiated, had an life changing effect on him? How can you justify killing a great man of the word and faith as Stephen? Stephen sounds like Jesus! Lord, receive my spirit, and Lord dont charge them for this sin. Stephens death no doubt shaped Paul and the man he would become. He had no condemnation yet lived knowing he sinned big time and needed Gods grace. He took his brothers life! Again, his sin forgiven, but he had to live with that. Paul was the real deal but because of the examples set before him like Stephen, he excelled in revelation of Gods great grace and mercy. Im thankful for the many people who helped shape my life.