13 For (A)“whoever calls (B)on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Israel Rejects the Gospel

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear (C)without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

(D)“How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 10:15 NU omits preach the gospel of peace, Who

The Mystery Revealed

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— if indeed you have heard of the [a]dispensation of the grace of God (A)which was given to me for you, (B)how that by revelation (C)He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles (D)should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, (E)of which I became a minister (F)according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by (G)the effective working of His power.

Purpose of the Mystery

To me, (H)who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles (I)the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the [b]fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who (J)created all things [c]through Jesus Christ; 10 (K)to the intent that now (L)the [d]manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church (M)to the [e]principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 (N)according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

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  1. Ephesians 3:2 stewardship
  2. Ephesians 3:9 NU, M stewardship (dispensation)
  3. Ephesians 3:9 NU omits through Jesus Christ
  4. Ephesians 3:10 variegated or many-sided
  5. Ephesians 3:10 rulers

For from you the word of the Lord (A)has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also (B)in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.

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But you be watchful in all things, (A)endure afflictions, do the work of (B)an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

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Do Not Neglect Salvation

Therefore we must give [a]the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word (A)spoken through angels proved steadfast, and (B)every transgression and disobedience received a just [b]reward, (C)how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, (D)which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was (E)confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

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  1. Hebrews 2:1 all the more careful attention
  2. Hebrews 2:2 retribution or penalty

39 And all these, (A)having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be (B)made perfect apart from us.

The Race of Faith

12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, (C)let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and (D)let us run (E)with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, (F)who for the joy that was set before Him (G)endured the cross, despising the shame, and (H)has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 12:2 originator
  2. Hebrews 12:2 perfecter

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People(A)

Coming to Him as to a living stone, (B)rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

(C)“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who [a]are disobedient,

(D)“The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,”

and

(E)“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”

(F)They stumble, being disobedient to the word, (G)to which they also were appointed.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of (H)darkness into His marvelous light; 10 (I)who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:7 NU disbelieve

17 And the Spirit and (A)the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” (B)And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

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