The difference is and was..... Steven was dying and looking up and saw Jesus standing at the right hand of The Father. When we ask Jesus to save us we are just making preparation for death. I would think by the scriptures Steven was already saved... Why would he ask to be saved again? My bible says one can know if they have eternal life!<quoted text>==========
We ask the same thing of our spirit but it does not happen in this life. Jesus not only taught his disciples what happens after we die, through the Scripture he teaches us what happens after we die so that through the truth we too can be close to Jesus.
We can know the same truth Steven knew by studying God's word with fervent prayer and asking for understanding. The Word of God is unchanged.
Anyway, I am through going in circle with you, this is accomplishing nothing. Good luck to you with your philosophies on God's word, as for me.... The just shall live by faith. Praise God!