9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
The enemies of Christ will always work to destroy his church by attacking those who call themselves Christians. Even during the early days of the church believers faced persecution, in fact Stephen in the next chapter will become the first martyr of the faith, but certainly not the last. Despite those who are against true Christianity, and there are many, Stephen was able to refute all their claims. He didn’t do so because he had some special gifting from the Holy Spirit to speak with boldness and wisdom, although there was some of this. No, his wisdom came through his study of the Word of God. He was a student of the Scriptures. You see the Spirit does not just fill our minds with revelation, but speaks to us through the Word already given to the prophets and the apostles. When we commit to become students of his Word we will see the Spirit of God give us the wisdom we need to refute the claims of the unbelievers, namely the cults who may come to your door. Do as Paul encouraged Timothy – Study to show yourself approved!