Among non-divine biblical characters, Stephen and Barnabas are noteworthy for their excellence. They are the only two believers that Scripture specifically says were full of the Spirit and full of faith:
Acts 6:5 And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost . . .
Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith . . .
Scripture even says of Barnabas that he was a good man!
Because God has given us this revelation to profit us, by the grace of God, let us strive for such excellence in our own lives.
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