19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews.20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
God frustrated Satan’s efforts in a wonderful way; and even today we need not doubt that he will make triumphs out of persecutions, so that the church may grow better despite its being scattered.
From these verses we learn that Christians who escape from persecution may spend the rest of their lives spreading the glory of God. How was it that they were so bold? It happened by God’s extraordinary influence; they made up their minds on the spur of the moment as the opportunity arose. This sort of decision making is not of flesh and blood.
Faith is not mere knowledge but restores people who were previously turned away from God and binds them to his righteousness.