“Even To Them Which Stumble At The Word”

“Even To Them Which Stumble At The Word.”
(1st Peter 2:8)

The real offense is in the gospel of His grace! It is not His works but HIS WORDS that caused the division among the Jews. His works did anger them, and they tried to discredit them; for His works bore a strong witness to His deity. But the thing they hated and resented most was His claim to deity, to being THE CHRIST, to being THE REDEEMER of whom Moses wrote, and for whom Abraham looked. They said, “For good works we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou being a man, makest thyself GOD” (John 10:33). Men today have no quarrel with religion, good works, nor noble efforts in the name of God; it is THE GOSPEL of sovereign mercy through a suffering and sufficient Substitute which causes them to stumble and become offended. Who He is, what He suffered, why He suffered, and where He is now, if preached clearly, will cause the sheep to rejoice and the rest to stumble. “Unto you He is precious….unto them he is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” (1st Peter 2:7-8)

Henry Mahan

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