lunes, 12 de agosto de 2013


San Mateo Atenco, Sunday, August 4, 2013
It tells the story of a king who wanted to teach his people morality. One night, stopped in the road a huge stone, and then set out to observe who passed. The first to go was a butcher who was going to work. She tripped on the stone. Cursing, he continued on his way.
The second pass was a salesman. When the wheel of his cart stuck against the stone, said: Which fool will have happened to leave this huge stone here! And he went on his way. Things remained the same for the rest of the day until the afternoon, a girl humble was returning home after a long day at work.
Seeing the huge stone, he thought: "It gets dark, and could hurt someone with that stone. Better I will move, so no one gets hurt." Bending down, he began to move the stone, which was rather heavy. To his surprise, there was something under the stone - a wooden box. When he lifted the box, discovered she was heavier than the stone - it was full of gold coins. The king had left the box as a prize to the first person who moved the stone.
Note, in this little story, the different functions of the stone, depending on the different reactions of people. Many stumbled over the stone, which only caused them discomfort. One person, however, further investigated the stone. For her, it was a great blessing. The Bible speaks of a stone which, depending on our reaction may also have one of two effects on our lives.Let's read about this stone (Romans 9:30-10:3) "30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 plus Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive. 32 Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but by the works of the law, they stumbled at the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock fall, and he that believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is for salvation. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. "
Sound Doctrine of Christ through the Apostle Paul goes on to explain why the people of Israel, after 2,000 years of preparation, had not recognized the promised Savior when He came. In the process of salvation, never saved anyone just because they belong to certain racial or religious.(Isa 28:15,16) "15 Because ye have said, We have made a Covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass, not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. "
Just as God does not accept people simply because they belong to a certain racial group, The rejects no one simply because they belong to a certain racial group. From Paul's day to today, a remnant of the Jewish people did accept the good news. However, for most, Jesus became a stumbling block - and it is for many people today.
Look in (Romans 9:33), which combines two verses of Isaiah. The stone lay in Zion - that is, among the people of God - cause two reactions. Some stumble and fall, while others rely and stand firm. Where the difference? The difference stems from two different paths to get to Jesus. Depending on the way in which you come to Him, He will make you stumble, or may be your safety. The mistake most committed Jews - and that makes many religious people today as well - is to follow the path of law.
One of the common ideas of the Jewish people was that the attempt to keep the commandments of God was sufficient to merit eternal life. Another idea was that knowledge of the laws of God was essential to salvation, therefore, people who did not know the law of God - that is, all non-Jewish people - had no hope of eternal life.
Are there people today who think the same? I have and I met with many of them. I say things like: "I think I'll go to heaven because I always try to be a good person." You hear the word they say? Deal. Like the Jews who believed that the attempt is enough.
Other people say: "I like to hear the Word of God." Do you realize? As the Jewish people believe that listen and learn, and have accomplished something. Let's see how the Bible answers to these ideas. Consider first the person who always tries to obey, to earn heaven.
Look (Romans 9:31,32) "31 plus Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive. 32 Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but by the works of the law, they stumbled at that stumbling stone. " What happened to those seeking to approach God being good? They failed! They ran into the stone of stumbling. Why? Because they wanted to achieve through the works, not by faith. Let's think for a moment. If we could please God portándonos well and doing good things, why Jesus died?
If you and I can be good enough to reach God on our own, then why Jesus did not die on the cross. Jesus would have been better to stay in the sky, enjoying the adoration of the angels. If you and I can gain heaven, death becomes unnecessary! It was a waste.
It is for this reason that Jesus and his Sound doctrine, it becomes a stone of stumbling for all who try to approach God through the works. Most Jews stumbled because they thought their efforts to obey the law which God had given were sufficient to ensure their favor. For them, the death of Christ was unnecessary, meaningless.
His thinking is similar to those who believe that enter heaven because they always try to obey the Ten Commandments. These commands are part of the same law that the Jews tried to obey, but Paul here tells us that that is not enough.
If you and I can get God to accept us portándonos good, and death of Jesus Christ becomes unnecessary. I have had to talk to many people who recognize that Jesus died for us, but do not understand why. They say that Jesus died to show us God's love. This is true, but not enough. They also say that Jesus died to teach us how to die. People die knew perfectly well for thousands of years before Jesus came to earth!
None of these is reason enough for Jesus left the glory of heaven and submit to cruel and degrading death of the cross. The only reason is enough that Jesus died for you and I need a Substitute, one who died in our place. Jesus is not only an example for us, but we must follow his example. It is a sacrifice for our sin.
If you do not understand this, then Jesus becomes a stumbling block for us. We do not understand why he died, and do not give the place he deserves in the center of our lives. If you are trying to reach God by doing good things, Jesus is going to become a stumbling block for you - even though you believe that Jesus died, you will not understand why.
Jesus also becomes a stumbling block for those trying to reach God through the will. Notes (Romans 10:2) "For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge."Paul testifies of his beloved Jewish people that they have a zeal for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge of the doctrine of Christ Sana. In other words, were eager to get right with God, but had not understood how.
The word translated "knowledge" refers not only to know something. Not only have information, but to have understanding. It is understanding. The Jewish people have much information about God knew their law, but did not understand its purpose. They had misunderstandings, but sincere.
(2 Corinthians 3:15) "But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart."(Eph 4:18) "Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart".
Today, there is a common idea. It is the idea that all that matters is sincerity. If you sincerely seek God, no matter how you do, He will accept. The interesting thing is that we do not apply this idea in other areas of life.If we cross the street, look before crossing, do not think that our sincerity traffic will protect us! The Bible teaches us that zeal - the desire, sincerity - not enough. Although most Jews

sought God with great zeal, Stone stumbled because they ignored the truth. No matter you feel devotion or the strength of your feelings if they are not according to the truth of the Sound Doctrine of Christ in the Word of God.
If good works are not enough and desire are not enough, what is enough? Only Christ. If we try to get through the works or the zeal, stumble. But if we trust in Christ, we will not be disappointed. The last sentence of the verse (Romans 9:33) clearly says "33como is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of and he that believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
It is only when we recognize that Christ is the only sacrifice for our sin, the one who deserves to be Lord of our life, the only thing we can bring to God that He is no longer a stumbling block and becomes a foundation solid for our lives.
Trust in Jesus Christ - the decision to surrender to Jesus, depending on Jesus for our destiny and life in the present - is what transforms the stone of stumbling on a firm rock. It is to trust Jesus that becomes the foundation for our lives.
If we are trusting in Jesus, we will not be disappointed - either in this life or in the day of judgment. Nothing is enough. Only Christ! I ask you: Have you come to believe in Jesus? Do you keep your confidence?
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