"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

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Who is the stumbling stone?

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 2 Peter 2:8  [quoting Isaiah 8:14] “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”

In 2 Peter 2:8, we read that “They stumble because they are disobedient to the word and to this stumbling they were also appointed.”


But how can God do that?

Does this mean that God appoints some to eternal salvation while He appoints others to eternal punishment? Or what some call “double election?”

As Paul says, “may it never be!” and this is certainly not what this verse is saying.


To all of mankind, Christ is either the means of salvation, to those that believe, or the means of judgment, to those that don’t believe and reject Him.

Effectively, God is the stumbling stone.

James 1:13 teaches that “…He does not tempt anyone [to sin].” Man then is totally responsible for his denial of Christ.

Simply stated, those that deny Christ were not “appointed” unto disobedience and unbelief. Rather, they are “appointed” to judgment because of their disobedience and unbelief.

Judgment because of unbelief is as divinely appointed as is salvation because of belief.