1Brothers, the thing I want most is for all the Jews to be saved. That is my prayer to God. 2I can say this about them: They really try to follow God. But they do not know the right way. 3They did not know the way that God makes people right with him. And they tried to make themselves right in their own way. So they did not accept God’s way of making people right. 4Christ ended the law, so that everyone who believes in him may be right with God.
5Moses writes about being made right by following the law. He says, “A person who does these things will have life forever because of them.”# Quotation from Leviticus 18:5. 6But 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 to get Christ and bring him down to earth?”) 7“And do not say, ‘Who will go down into the world below?’” (That means, “Who will go down to get Christ and bring him up from death?”) 8This is what the Scripture says: “God’s teaching is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.”# Quotations from Deuteronomy 9:4; 30:12–14; Psalm 107:26. That is the teaching of faith that we tell. 9If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from death, then you will be saved. 10We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths to say that we believe, and so we are saved. 11As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.”# Quotation from Isaiah 28:16. 12That Scripture says “anyone” because there is no difference between Jew and non-Jew. The same Lord is the Lord of all and gives many blessings to all who trust in him. 13The Scripture says, “Anyone who asks the Lord for help will be saved.”# Quotation from Joel 2:32.
14But before people can trust in the Lord for help, they must believe in him. And before they can believe in the Lord, they must hear about him. And for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them. 15And before someone can go and tell them, he must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.”# Quotation from Isaiah 52:7.
16But not all the Jews accepted the good news. Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed what we told them?”# Quotation from Isaiah 53:1. 17So faith comes from hearing the Good News. And people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.
18But I ask: Didn’t people hear the Good News? Yes, they heard—as the Scripture says:
“Their message went out through all the world.
It goes everywhere on earth.” Psalm 19:4
19Again 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
20Then 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
21But about Israel God says,
“All day long I stood ready to accept
people who disobey and are stubborn.” Isaiah 65:2