A Rock of Offence
A Sermon on 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.” (ESV)
Christ's death planned and prophesied; Christ the stumbling-stone; the offence of the Cross; pride and self-confidence exposed; offence in the Church; God's way of righteousness rejected.