, the good pleasure of my heart and my petition to God for them is for their asalvation
I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to full knowledge;
because they were ignorant of God's righteousness and sought to 1establish
their own righteousness, they were not subject to the arighteousness
Christ, the end of the law
Christ is the 1aend
of the law unto righteousness to everyone who believes.
Christ, incarnated and resurrected
Moses writes concerning
the righteousness which is out of the law: a
"The man who does them shall live by them.''
the righteousness which is out of faith speaks in this way, a
"Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into bheaven
?'' that is, to 1bring
,"Who will descend into the 1abyss
?'' that is, to 2bring
Christ up from the dead.
Christ, who is near
what does it say? 1a
"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,'' that is, the word of the faith which we proclaim,
Christ, believed in and called upon
if you aconfess
with your 1mouth bJesus
as Lord and believe in your heart that God has 2craised
Him from the dead, you will be saved;
the heart there is believing 2unto
righteousness, and 1with
the mouth there is confession 2unto
the Scripture says, a
"Everyone who believes on Him shall not be put to shame.''
there is no distinction between aJew
and Greek, for the same Lord is bLord
of all and 1crich
to all who dcall
upon the name of the Lord shall be 2bsaved
Christ, proclaimed and heard
then shall they call upon Him
into whom they have not 1believed
? And how shall they believe into Him
of whom they have not 2heard
? And how shall they hear without one who proclaims Him?
how shall they proclaim Him
unless they are sent? As it is written, a
"How beautiful are the bfeet
of those who announce the news of good things!''
Christ, received or rejected
not all have 1aobeyed
the gospel, for Isaiah says, b
"Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?''
out of ahearing
, and hearing through the bword
I say, Have they not heard? Yes surely: a
"Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the inhabited earth.''
I say, Did Israel not know this?
First, Moses says, a
"I will bprovoke
you to jealousy by them who are
not a nation; by a nation without understanding I will anger you.''
Isaiah is very bold and says, a
"I was found by those who did not seek Me; I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.''
with regard to Israel he says, a
"All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a people who disobey and contradict.''