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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Acts Chapter 6 

he appointment of deacons. (1-7) Stephen falsely accused of blasphemy. (8-15)

Verses 1-7: Hitherto the disciples had been of one accord; this often had been noticed to their honour; but now they were multiplied, they began to murmur. The word of God was enough to take up all the thoughts, cares, and time of the apostles. The persons chosen to serve tables must be duly qualified. They must be filled with gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost, necessary to rightly managing this trust; men of truth, and hating covetousness. All who are employed in the service of the church, ought to be commended to the Divine grace by the prayers of the church. They blessed them in the name of the Lord. The word and grace of God are greatly magnified, when those are wrought upon by it, who were least likely.

Verses 8-15: When they could not answer Stephen's arguments as a disputant, they prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him. And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religious system by false witness and murder! And this has been done in numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divine consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death.

 


David Burnette's Life Application

The Church is to Work as a Team

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Acts Chapter 6. In our text today we see the Lord's plan for the growing Church as men are appointed to help in the growing Ministry of the Lord. In making application we see the Lord's plan for the Church today with deacons and members who are given the responsibility of the Church under the instruction of the Holy Spirit. Today we can work as a team to fulfill the service of the Church and reach the World with the Gospel. How about you? Are you Saved? If so are you attending and working in your local Church? Let us learn from our text today to see God's plan for the Church as those who are saved are to perform His Ministry in and through the local Church as we follow the Holy Spirit of our Lord.

 

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Acts 6

Acts 6

 1And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

 2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

 3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

 5And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

 6Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

 7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 8And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

 9Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

 10And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

 11Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.

 12And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

 13And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:

 14For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

 15And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.