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10 Brothers and sisters, the thing I want most is for all the Jews to be saved. That is my prayer to God. I can say this about them: They really try to follow God, but they do not know the right way. Because they did not know the way that God makes people right with him, they tried to make themselves right in their own way. So they did not accept God’s way of making people right. Christ ended the law so that everyone who believes in him may be right with God.

Moses writes about being made right by following the law. He says, “A person who obeys these things will live because of them.”[a] But this is what the Scripture says about being made right through faith: “Don’t say to yourself, ‘Who will go up into heaven?’” (That means, “Who will go up to heaven and bring Christ down to earth?”) “And do not say, ‘Who will go down into the world below?’” (That means, “Who will go down and bring Christ up from the dead?”) This is what the Scripture says: “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.”[b] That is the teaching of faith that we are telling. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. 10 We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.”[c] 12 That Scripture says “anyone” because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all and gives many blessings to all who trust in him, 13 as the Scripture says, “Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.”[d]

14 But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; 15 and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.”[e] 16 But not all the Jews accepted the good news. Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed what we told them?”[f] 17 So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.

18 But I ask: Didn’t people hear the Good News? Yes, they heard—as the Scripture says:

“Their message went out through all the world;
    their words go everywhere on earth.” Psalm 19:4

19 Again I ask: Didn’t the people of Israel understand? Yes, they did understand. First, Moses says:

“I will use those who are not a nation to make you jealous.
    I will use a nation that does not understand to make you angry.” Deuteronomy 32:21

20 Then Isaiah is bold enough to say:

“I was found by those who were not asking me for help.
    I made myself known to people who were not looking for me.” Isaiah 65:1

21 But about Israel God says,

“All day long I stood ready to accept
    people who disobey and are stubborn.” Isaiah 65:2

Footnotes

  1. 10:5 “A person . . . them.” Quotation from Leviticus 18:5.
  2. 10:6–8 But . . . heart.” Quotations from Deuteronomy 9:4; 30:12–14; Psalm 107:26.
  3. 10:11 “Anyone . . . disappointed.” Quotation from Isaiah 28:16.
  4. 10:13 “Anyone . . . saved.” Quotation from Joel 2:32.
  5. 10:15 “How . . . news.” Quotation from Isaiah 52:7.
  6. 10:16 “Lord, . . . them?” Quotation from Isaiah 53:1.

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