Bible Study on Stephen: Why Did He Die?

Bible Study on Stephen

Last updated on November 29th, 2019


Bible Study on Stephen: In Acts 7, Stephen was stoned to death. By all accounts, he did most of the right things after being chosen by the Apostles to help spread the Word of God in Acts 6. All that good and yet he still died in the next chapter. Why? Would you be okay with God deciding that you die tomorrow?

What is the meaning of Stephen in the Bible?

It’s an interesting thing to ponder. I had a discussion with a friend yesterday who brought up a thought because of recent tragic events. They wondered whether some people were destined to suffer. I said “oh gosh” and chuckled. Because I know I’m going through some challenges right now as you probably are too. And I definitely don’t want that to be my final outcome. But still, we could be doing a lot of the right things. Be doing as good as God wants of us barring occasional sin mistakes.

And yet it’s entirely possible God has destined us to not live to see some or all of the hopes and desires we have. We don’t know for sure if Stephen had other things in life that he wanted to experience but didn’t. But he was human like us, so it’s possible. It begs the question. Can we be at peace if our particular faith journey we’re on is one that ultimately leads to an early death?

It’s a crucial question that kind of tests whether your faith in God matters beyond the point of whatever outcome in life you’re hoping for. I want to be in a better financial position one day. I want my health to be a lot better one day. One of my biggest hopes is to be married one day. Could I be at peace with all of those things maybe never happening. And all that happens is I go through a challenging but accomplishing life spreading God’s Word and then I die?


I’d say I could. Those of us who are saved are guaranteed at least one good thing to look forward to in the future, and that’s always being with the Lord. With no more pain, no more tears, and a water of life that I imagine will be the most quenching thing I’ve ever tasted. But to close on an optimistic note, Stephen’s journey isn’t everybody’s journey. Jacob got to be with Rachel, lots of rich people in scripture, and Samson for the majority of his life was as strong and healthy as an ox.

A lot of these circumstances and situations could be our life. But ultimately this is all about something bigger than us, and we can be peace and okay with however life turns out for us.

I hope this Bible study on Stephen encouraged you.

Peace to all those who are in Christ.


25 thoughts on “Bible Study on Stephen: Why Did He Die?

  1. Question – I am an atheist. So, when I die, do you believe I’m going to go to Hell? I’m not going to convert to Christianity or any religion, so am I doomed?

    If I live a good life (which I think I do), where I help people as much as possible, and give to charity and try to brighten peoples’ days whenever I can – is all that good stuff pointless since I’m never going to be able to get into Heaven as an atheist?

  2. These sound like questions you already know the answer that will be given to you. I can’t convince you of anything you don’t want to believe. We all make our own conclusions, and I respect if you have different conclusions than I do.

    Peace in Christ. 🙂

    1. Excellent response and I could not agree more. About dying tomorrow? You know the saying goes, “Everyone wants to get to heaven, but no one wants to die to get there.”

      The thing that bothers me about death and at times to be honest makes me fearful, is life on earth is all I have ever known. I mean, I have no memory of being with God before my soul entered into my mother’s womb. This is all I know. Drifting out there into my “unknown” yeah, makes me a little anxious, even though I know it is going to be far better. (Providing I get to heaven) 🙂

      It is not so much “death” on it’s own that bothers me, as it is not knowing all there is to know about the hereafter. The Bible tells us that we cannot even conceive what God has prepared for us. I think if I could “conceive” it a little better, I would have a little more rest about it. 🙂 Great post and as usual enjoyed reading. God Bless, SR

      1. Hi SR. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, no one wants to necessarily die. And yeah, it is a bit nerving knowing what the feeling of being outside a physical human body will be, or just what exactly is going to specifically happen beyond the general statements we’re given. But hopefully I imagine it will be an easy transition.

        Peace in Christ.

    1. Hi truthinlovehfred. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad I gave you something to think about and I look forward to seeing that poem of yours.

      Peace in Christ.

        1. Absolutely! I greatly appreciate anytime someone chooses to share my content with others. Look forward to seeing what your writing is.

          Peace in Christ. 🙂

  3. An interesting, and somewhat scary, concept. I wrote a self-investigation piece for a creative nonfiction course in college that explored my own fear of death. I was re-reading that piece today, so it’s interesting I should come across this exact post today as well. One of the scriptures I used in that piece talked about how once we die, we know peace because we are with God–we no longer know pain–even if there were things we desired that did not occur in life. Thank you for giving me more to ponder.

    1. Hi digital. Thanks for your comment. Yeah, based on the descriptions I’ve read in scripture I imagine one won’t be disappointed at all on the other side. I suppose it’s just not having experienced the other side and only knowing the pleasures of this world we desire that perhaps brings up these thoughts of not wanting to miss out on particular earthly experiences we hope for.

      Peace in Christ.

  4. This was an incredibly interesting post. 1. because where I’m at right niw in the Bible has been adressing suffering our response to it and where God is in all that. 2. Because with all the weather tragedies going on and politics being what they are a lot if Christians I know believe that the end of times are here. I don’t fear death not here, where it isn’t staring me in the face, maybe I would if a situation like Stephen’s came up in my life. As it is for as long as I can remember living has been the terrifying part. Here on earth we can suffer, God is with us but not in the same way a human is with us, here we will never understand fully our purpose or our story in this world…so maybe it is destiny. Heaven sounds amazing compared to all that and death is the doorway. What I fear more is the people’s destiny who will not give their lives to Christ and be saved. Their fate and losing them to it is the worst thing I have ever suffered especially when I have failed to share Christ with them in my words and more importantly in my life. Thank you for this thought provoking piece

    1. Hi littlemissbearpaw. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, living can be quite nerving at times. Deadlines, disappointments, frustrations, etc. I guess with death essentially all of that is gone, it’s just a matter of that one big fear of taking that last breath, or if you’re about to die in a really painful way. Though some with a little knowledge of the part after still have a nervousness about the unknown as seen in some of the comments. But I imagine God will make that transition easy for us. Yes, it’s quite tragic to think of those who not only will suffer in this life, but eternally suffer in the next life. I sure hope and pray that all those who have still not been saved will become saved.

      Peace in Christ.

  5. God wouldn’t (actually—couldn’t) decide that ‘I die tomorrow’.

    Being omniscient He’s known since before the Creation exactly when and where every one of us will die. In fact, to Him there can be no ‘when’ …

    1. Hi Argus. Thanks for your comment. That’s true. I suppose then the question would be posed as “Would you be okay with God already having decided that you would die at an early point in your life?”

      Peace in Christ.

      1. Nice try … of course I’d be (actually, am) ok with that.

        Not that I’d have any option anyway—God had me down for Atheist even before The Creation, and you for your own ‘calling’ … nothing much we can do but play our cards, no?

        Yes. I am okay with that. But it’s a bit late now for the “early point in life” bit—and we all know that the next bit is inevitable anyway.

        1. Interesting. I myself see predestination and free will as true at the same time. Just unable to comprehend it in my finite mental capacity.

          Peace in Christ. 🙂

          1. I see Free Will as an illusion.

            The illusion is because we don’t know what we’ll experience until we actually get there (but hindsight of course is entirely different).

            (I keep hearing Doris Day singing ‘Que sera sera’ …)

  6. Good question. The life of a christian is to live with the expectancy of meeting Christ anytime. The bible says that he will come like a thief in the night when returning. Now in regards to being ready to die tomorrow, I would live to accomplish the desires given me such as marriage and having a family, yet this should never be prioritized over being with the Lord. Thank you for the post. God bless you

    1. Hi deemerzion7. Thanks for your comment. Very true, it should be something that’s expected since that’s where our journey is ultimately leading us. Not necessarily to everything we desire. Though it’s a blessing if we do come upon those desires as you have with your marriage and family. But indeed, the Lord is prioritized above all that.

      Peace in Christ.

    1. Hi Geoff. Indeed, that’s the last thing I want too haha. But yes, we’re prepared to glorify Him in joy and suffering, in pleasure and pain, and in life and death.

      Peace in Christ.

  7. I want to be able to say to God, “I’m all in.” And when that happens, nothing’s going to matter about what I did in life because I don’t want to live my life for me, but for Him.
    Think about it.

    1. Hi royalpalmtree. Thanks for your comment. Yes, I want to be able to say that too. And in the end, nothing here will be as good as anything up there.

      Peace in Christ.

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