Tag: Romans 9:30-33

By Faith Alone

Scripture reading for June 25th:  Romans 9, Psalm 126, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  Romans 9:30-33 “What shall we say, then?  That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith: but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.  Why?  Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works.  They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Paul earnestly desired that the Jews, his own people, would be saved.  But by God’s design, the only path to salvation and righteousness was by faith and not human effort and works.  The Gentiles trusted in Christ and received salvation and righteousness as a gift.  The Jews sought to keep the law and missed out, stumbling over the ‘stumbling stone’, Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Faith is resting from our effort and works and trusting in Jesus alone.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ, my Rock of salvation and righteousness.  Lord, give me boldness to share Jesus’ message of grace to all I meet.

Psalm 126:5-6  “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!  He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”

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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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