What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 9:30-33
In this chapter of the letter to the Romans, Paul talks about a few of the most amazing doctrines in Christianity. He talks about God’s election (btw, election, not selection). He affirms the inclusion of Gentile believers into God’s plan of salvation, which is mind-blowing. He reminds us that faith alone saves, not works.
I am personally an example of all three of these wonderful truths. I am a gentile believer, who by faith has responded to God’s election and become a Christ follower. As a result I am building my life upon the very ‘rock’ (Jesus), which causes so many to stumble and fall. I am not ashamed!
God, what a marvelous work You have done from start to finish revealing Yourself and Your ways. Jesus, You are all and more than I could have ever imagined or desired. Oh I feel blessed. I am looking forward to this day that You have made.