Yes me either.. I donâ€™t understand why so many christians cant see that Israel is still God apple of his eye. I mean Rom 11 is so clear that God has a remnant who will be given faith and repentance in his Son. Who are we gentiles to boast against them if they are removed from the olive tree fot our sake..
O may the fulness of the gentiles come in for until then our Lord will not come for all his elect.. Jew and Gentile
â€œBehold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.
Even worse, Stephen has just learned/realized that the Saviour he spent his entire life hating, despising, and foolishly arguing that He didn't exist actually loved Stephen with an unmerited, unconditional, and sacrificial love that He allowed to sun to shine upon Stephen and the rain to fall upon him (and gave him breath and life).
Jesus did not make salvation possible. He accomplished eternal redemption for his elect. If Christ died for Stephen then the Holy Spirit would bring him to faith and repentance in the new birth. If love has no power to save it cant be love.
If God loves you with an everlasting love He will save you from yourself and make you His own.