Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
But they did not insist that even my companion Titus, although he was a Greek, should be circumcised,
Paul wished to take this man on with him, and so on account of the Jews in that district he had him circumcised, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
But just as then the child born in the ordinary course of nature persecuted the one born through the influence of the Spirit, so it is today.
These men who are trying to force you to let yourselves be circumcised want to present a good appearance externally, to save themselves from having to stand persecution for the cross of Jesus the Christ.
They have been told that you teach all Jews who live among the heathen to turn away from Moses, and that you tell them not to circumcise their children nor to observe the old customs.
But he said to me, 'Go! I will send you far away to the heathen.' "
There were more than forty of them involved in this plot,
1 Corinthians 15:30
Why do we ourselves run such risks every hour?
2 Corinthians 11:23
If they are Christian workers?? am talking like a madman!?? am a better one! with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, vastly worse beatings, and in frequent danger of death.
And why? Because they did not seek it through faith, but through doing certain things. They stumbled over that stone that makes people stumble,
1 Corinthians 1:18
For to those who are on the way to destruction, the story of the cross is nonsense, but to us who are to be saved, it means all the power of God.
1 Peter 2:8
and "A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip them up." They stumble over the message because they will not obey it; that is their destiny.