8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
Luke states that Stephen was a man full God’s grace and power, so that we might know that Christ was glorified in Stephen’s life as well as in his death.
Luke also points out that the opponents were foreigners who were in Judea either on business or because they wanted to learn.
As far as we are concerned, because Christ has promised the same Spirit to all his servants we must fight for the truth conscientiously, and then we will be equipped to speak so that we will never put to shame by the shrewdness of our enemies. Thus the Spirit was just as effective in our own time through the martyrs as they were dragged off to be tortured by fire.