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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Jesus is the Stone

We are going to cover a long passage today that finishes off chapter 9. Paul quotes several old testament passages that all point to the same reality. It is this: Not everyone who is a "child of God" in name and rank and position is actually a child of God. On the flip side not everyone who appears to be a "heathen" actually is. In chapter 9 Paul is specifically referring to the Israel/Gentile divide but the principle applies through all time.
 
How many times did Jesus reach out to people His own disciples thought were hopeless? How many times did apparently pagan heathens reach out to Jesus in faith? It was to a "pagan" roman military leader who came to Jesus that Jesus said "I have not seen such faith in all of Israel".
We must remember that the Israel/Gentile divide was man made and never intended by God for we are all His no matter our bloodline.
 
Romans 9:25 "As He says also in Hosea:
“I will call them My people, who were not My people,
And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
The remnant will be saved.
28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.”
29 And as Isaiah said before:
“Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,
We would have become like Sodom,
And we would have been made as Gomorrah.
30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
 
Jesus is the Stone that makes men stumble and the Rock that makes them fall. We either fall down confessing our need of Him or we stumble trying to find some way to keep going in defiance of Him. The choice is completely ours and the choice is available to all.
 
Who ever comes to Him He will not cast away.

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