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 although my companion Titus was a Greek they did not insist upon even his being circumcised.
and Paul desiring that he should accompany him on his journey, took him and circumcised him on account of the Jews in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Yet just as, at that time, the child born in the common course of nature persecuted the one whose birth was due to the power of the Spirit, so it is now.
All who desire to display their zeal for external observances try to compel you to receive circumcision, but their real object is simply to escape being persecuted for the Cross of Christ.
Now what they have been repeatedly told about you is that you teach all the Jews among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, and that you forbid them to circumcise their children or observe old-established customs.
"'Go,' He replied; 'I will send you as an Apostle to nations far away.'"
There were more than forty of them who bound themselves by this oath.
1 Corinthians 15:30
Why also do we Apostles expose ourselves to danger every hour?
2 Corinthians 11:23
Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if I were out of my mind.)
And why? Because they were pursuing a righteousness which should arise not from faith, but from what they regarded as merit. They stuck their foot against the stone which lay in their way;
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are on the way to perdition, but it is the power of God to those whom He is saving.
1 Peter 2:8
and "a Stone for the foot to strike against, and a Rock to stumble over." Their foot strikes against it because they are disobedient to God's Message, and to this they were appointed.