Stephen presents to the Sanhedrin their history according to the scriptures. The Holy Spirit was always present, and Israel had a history of rejecting it. They did not heed and even killed the prophets of God. But despite all of this history, God offers them restoration with Himself, through Jesus. The council, again rejects this message, but its truth is confirmed when Stephen is granted the a vision of God, and Jesus at his right. The hate of a murderous crowd could not take the promise of salvation. A hateful sinful world cannot overtake a believer in Christ. Stephen was the first of the martyrs.