but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
“A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
“Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”
And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”
and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look.
We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.
Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,