Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
of Phrygia, and Pamphylia, of Egypt and the district of Africa about Cyrene, visitors from Rome, Jews and proselytes,
This plan met the approval of the whole body, and they selected Stephen, a man full of faith and of the holy Spirit, with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, who had been a convert to Judaism.
Some persons joined him, however, and became believers, among them Dionysius, a member of the council, and a woman named Damaris, and some others.
But as some of them were obstinate and refused to believe, finding fault with the Way before the people, he left them, and withdrew the disciples, and held daily discussions in the lecture-room of Tyrannus.
They spent some time there, speaking fearlessly and relying upon the Lord, who bore witness to his gracious message by letting signs and wonders be done by them.
but by his mercy they are made upright for nothing, by the deliverance secured through Christ Jesus.
by whom we have been introduced through faith to the favor of God that we now enjoy, and let us glory in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
But if it is by his mercy, it is not for anything they have done. Otherwise, his mercy would not be mercy at all.
You people who propose to be made upright by law have finished with Christ; you have lost your hold upon God's favor.
For it is by his mercy that you have been saved through faith. It is not by your own action, it is the gift of God.
For God's mercy has appeared and brought salvation to all men,
You must not be carried away with strange varieties of teaching. The true way to steadfastness of heart is through God's mercy, not through scruples about food, which have never done their adherents any good.
1 Peter 5:12
By Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I think him, I have written you this short letter to encourage you and bear my testimony that this is what the true mercy of God means. Stand fast in it.
For from now on if there are five people in a house they will be divided three against two and two against three.