“What shall we say then? The Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith, but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, did not attain the law of righteousness. Why not? Because they did not seek it by faith, but by the works of the law. For they stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written: “Look! I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes in Him will not be ashamed.”” Rom. 9:30-33 

The gospel is God’s offer and solution to mankind’s problems.  Jesus has made everything clear and the only thing we can do is receive.  Jesus is the Son of God and through His death and resurrection we can now be reconciled to God.  Righteousness is to be completely acquitted and to have a secure rest in God.  God offers us righteousness as a gift to receive through faith in Jesus.

 In the Old Testament, it was the time of the law, to try to establish and maintain one’s own righteousness through one’s own achievements.  But now it is faith in Jesus that counts.  He fulfilled the law perfectly as our representative and took on Himself all our transgressions and their punishment.  This did Jesus on the cross.  On the third day Jesus rose from the dead and His sacrifice for us is valid.  We receive from what He has done for us by believing in Him.  This means that you count Jesus as your only salvation.  Then you will be reconciled to God.

 Accepting God’s offer means humbling yourself.  Acknowledging that one cannot save oneself means humility.  You can not take any honor yourself.  This is a stumbling block for the self-righteous mind.  Man really wants to show himself as good and serious.  It is not wrong to be serious, but if you are honest, you admit that you need a Savior.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 Maybe you have had problems with this message and have stumbled upon the stumbling stone Jesus?  Maybe you still have a problem with this message and have hit yourself so hard on the stumbling block that you have fallen and realize that you are about to perish.  Whoever you are and wherever you are somewhere in life, you can know – “and whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not be ashamed.”  Today you can put your faith and trust, not in yourself, but in Jesus and then He will be your personal Savior.  Then you will not be ashamed.  It works to believe in Jesus.  All by grace and all glory to God.

 God bless you.

 / David Billström