Tag: Romans 9

The Stumbling Stone!

Scripture reading for June 24th:  Romans 9

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 9:30-33  “What then shall we say?  That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.  Why not?  Because they pursued it not by faith, but as it were by works.  They stumbled over the “Stumbling Stone.”  As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”  

Many people are like the Jews of the time of Jesus and Paul.  They in their human pride think that by their own works and keeping God’s Law that they can assure themselves salvation.  Jesus came to fulfill the Law of God by perfectly obeying it and all His Father’s decrees.  Jesus was and is the only way to find true righteousness but the Jews rejected Him, stumbling by trying to find it through works–the keeping of the Law.   But those who trust in Jesus Christ will never be put to shame or stumble into judgment!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers avoid the trap of human works or religious rules to obtain right standing with God.  They fully trust in Jesus Christ and stand firm on the Rock of their salvation!  “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.  He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior–from violent men you save me.”  (2nd Samuel 22:2-3)

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Jews need salvation!

Scripture reading for June 25th:  Romans 9

Paul had a great desire to see his own brothers, the Jews, saved!  In fact, he was willing to be cut off from Christ in order to see them come to know Christ!  (Romans 9:3)   This was the same attitude that Christ, Himself took when He went to the cross on behalf of His brothers!    Paul had the Holy Spirit and he reflected God’s heart for the Jews as well as all people!

The Jews should have been the first to recognize Christ.  They had the law, the covenants, and the promises of God through the Old Testament Scriptures as well as the lineage of Christ flowing from their line through Abraham!  But Paul went on to point out that not all who descended from Abraham were God’s children of promise!  (Romans 9:7-9) It was through Isaac that offspring would be reckoned.  And even Isaac’s offspring, twins Jacob and Esau, found God’s promise flowing through Jacob and not Esau!  This was announced before they were born!  Not all Jews were part of God’s plan.  Was God unjust?

Paul concluded that the Jews missed out on God’s promise.   “What then shall we say?  That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.  Why not?  Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.”  (Romans 9:30-32)

We learn that we can all, like the Jews,  miss God’s promise by trying to work for our right standing with God.  We must simply believe in Jesus Christ and rest in the promise of righteousness by faith that has always been the way of God’s children.  Have you trusted in Christ?

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