At the end of the seventh chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles, Stephen is being stoned for his testimony about Jesus being the Messiah. Stephens’ last words were, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” This is reminiscent of words Jesus Himself spoke as He was dying on the cross: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
If Stephen could imitate Jesus and want everyone to go to heaven, can’t you?
Fortunately, God is pleased by prayers like this and indeed everyone is going to heaven .
By the way, there was a young man present at the stoning, fully approving of the execution. He was known as Saul at the time, but came to be known far and wide after his conversion as the apostle Paul. He, too, learned to think this graciously about those who opposed him. In 2 Timothy 4:16 he asked regarding all those who had deserted him, “May it not be counted against them.” All these prayers and expressions reveal, of course, the spirit of love, which does not take into account a wrong suffered (1 Corinthians 13:5). If God is not counting people’s trespasses against Him (2 Corinthians 5:19), why should we count their trespasses again us or Him?
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.