Christ Is The End Of The Law
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites
Is that they may be Saved.
2 For I can Testify about them
That they are Zealous for God,
But their Zeal is not based on knowledge.
3 Since they did not know the Righteousness
That comes from God
And sought to establish their own,
THEY DID NOT SUBMIT TO GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS.
4 CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW
SO THAT THERE MAY BE RIGHTEOUSNESS
FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES.
5 Moses describes in this way the Righteousness
That is by the Law:
'The man who does these things will live by them.'
6 But the Righteousness that is by Faithe says:
'Do not say in your heart,
'Who will ascend to heaven?'
(That is to bring Christ down)
7 Or 'Who will descend into the deep?'
(That is to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 But what does it say?
THE WORD IS NEAR YOU;
IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART,'
THAT IS THE WORD OF FAITH WE ARE PROCLAIMING:
9 THAT IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH,
'JESUS IS LORD,'
AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART
THAT GOD RAISE HIM FROM THE DEAD,
YOU WILL BE SAVED.
10 FOR IT IS WITH YOUR HEART THAT YOU BELIEVE
AND ARE JUSTIFIED,
AND IT IS WITH YOUR MOUTH
THAT YOU CONFESS AND ARE SAVED.
As the Scripture says,
'EVERYONE WHO TRUSTS IN HIM
WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME.'
For thee is no difference between Jew and Gentile--
The same Lord is Lord of All
And Richly Blesses All who call on Him,
13 FOR, 'EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD
WILL BE SAVED.'
14 How, then, can they call on the one
They have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of
Who they have not heard?
And how can they hear
Without someone preaching to them?
As it is written,
'How beautiful are the feet of those
Who bring Good News!'
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the Good News.
For Isaiah says,
'Lord, who has believed our message?'
FAITH COMES FROM HEARING THE MESSAGE,
AND THE MESSAGE IS HEARD THROUGH THE WORD OF CHRIST.
18 But I ask, Did they not hear?
Of course they did:
'Their Voice has gone out into all the Earth,
Their words to the ends of the World.'
Again I ask, did Israel not understand?
First, Moses says,
'I will make you Envious by those who are not a Nation;
I will make you angry by a Nation that has no understanding.'
20 And Isaiah boldly says,
'I was found by those who did not seek Me;
I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me.'
21 But concerning Israel he says,
'ALL DAY LONG I HAVE HELD OUT MY HANDS
TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.'