by Minister Ross Adams
Good morning to all, today’s verse comes from the New Testament book of Romans NIV.
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.” 33 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.”[a]
- Romans 9:33 Isaiah 8:14; 28:16
The “stumbling stone” was Jesus. The Jews did not believe in him because he didn’t meet their expectations for the Messiah. Some people still stumble over Christ because salvation by faith doesn’t make sense to them. They would rather try to earn their way to God, or else they expect God to simply over look their sins. Others stumble over Christ because his values are opposite of the world’s. He ask for humility, and many are unwilling to humble themselves before him. He requires obedience and many refuse to put their will at his disposal. Have you stumbled over this Rock, or have you chosen to build your life on it?
If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can at this moment confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead. With this action, you are saved! Be sure to read your bible, get connected to a fellowship of believers in and followers of Christ so that you may grow in knowledge of and in relationship with our Lord. If you desire, please contact me directly, as I am willing to assist you in any way that I can.
Ross H. Adams