In Matthew 13:53 & Mark 6:1 we read that Jesus and to His hometown and began teaching in their synagogue.
Their first response was one of astonishment. Astonishment soon turned into disbelief as they asked themselves; “Is this not the carpenter?”
When our astonishment at Christ’ Word to us turns into disbelief, it soon leads us to be offended at Him.
Their disbelief quickly turns into, ” And they took offense at Him”. Mark 6:3
Their unbelief quenched the power of Jesus among them. So our unbelief in treating the Word of Christ to us as a common thing, will quench the Holy Spirit in our life.
Faith is a big deal to God. If we treat the sin of unbelief as a small common sin in our life, we will miss the power of the Holy Spirit in setting us free from sin.
Galatians 5:1-6 tells us it was for this freedom that Christ set us free. A faith that works through love. Vs 6
James 2:14-26 describes this faith using Abraham as our example. God’s covenant with Abraham was established by circumcision in their flesh. See Gen. 17:7-14
Now the Holy Spirit speaks to us in Galatians 5:6 this circumcision of our physical body is no longer of importance in God’s New Covenant to His people. Rather it now is by faith that works through love. Romans 2:25-29 tells us it is now a circumcision which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.
This message was preached to the Jews by Stephen in Acts 7:51 which brought powerful conviction of sin to them and a response similar to that response which those in Jesus’ Hometown gave to Him earlier as recorded in Like 4.
What response are you giving to the Word of Christ, when He makes it a personal message of truth that demands obedience of faith?
If you respond with the faith of Abraham, that worked obedience of love in his relationship with God, so that he was called “The friend of God”, then you also will have this close friendship with Jesus.
But, if you respond as the Jews did to Jesus, and Stephen, and view the message or the messenger as a common thing, this unbelief will cause you ultimately to be offended at Christ and His instructive Word to you.
1 Tim 1:5 tells us; “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and a sincere faith.