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Grace, Hope and Holiness

11 God’s saving grace, you see, appeared for all people.

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he saved us, not by works that we did in righteousness, but in accordance with his own mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewal of the holy spirit, which was poured out richly upon us through Jesus, our king and saviour, so that we might be justified by his grace and be made his heirs, in accordance with the hope of the life of the age to come.

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But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we proclaim); because if you profess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 Why? Because the way to covenant membership is by believing with the heart, and the way to salvation is by professing with the mouth. 11 The Bible says, you see, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’ 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich towards all who call upon him. 13 ‘All who call upon the name of the Lord’, you see, ‘will be saved.’

The Call to the World, and the Failure of Israel

14 So how are they to call on someone when they haven’t believed in him? And how are they to believe if they don’t hear? And how will they hear without someone announcing it to them? 15 And how will people make that announcement unless they are sent? As the Bible says, ‘How beautiful are the feet of the ones who bring good news of good things.’

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What I handed on to you at the beginning, you see, was what I received, namely this: ‘The Messiah died for our sins in accordance with the Bible; he was buried; he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Bible;

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