1My beloved brothers and sisters, the passionate desire of my heart and constant prayer to God is for my fellow Israelites to experience salvation. 2For I know that although they are deeply devoted to God, they are unenlightened. 3And since they’ve ignored the righteousness God gives, wanting instead to be acceptable to God because of their own works, they’ve refused to submit to God’s faith-righteousness. 4For Christ is the end of the law. # 10:4 Or “Christ is the goal of the law.” And because of him, God has transferred his perfect righteousness to all who believe.
5Moses wrote long ago about the need to obey every part of the law in order to be declared right with God:
“The one who obeys these things must always live by them.” # 10:5 Or “Whoever obeys these things will find life.” See Lev. 18:5.
6But we receive the faith-righteousness that speaks an entirely different message:
“Don’t for a moment think you need to climb into the heavens to find the Messiah and bring him down, 7or to descend into the underworld to bring him up from the dead.” # 10:7 See Deut. 30:12–13.
8But the faith-righteousness we receive speaks to us in these words of Moses:
“God’s living message is very close to you, as close as your own heart beating in your chest and as near as the tongue in your mouth.” # 10:8 See Deut. 30:14.
9And what is God’s “living message”? It is the revelation of faith for salvation, # 10:9 Or “word of faith.” which is the message that we preach. For if you publicly declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will experience salvation. 10The heart that believes in him receives the gift of the righteousness of God—and then the mouth confesses, resulting in salvation. 11For the Scriptures encourage us with these words:
“Everyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.” # 10:11 See Isa. 28:16.
Good News for All People
12So then faith eliminates the distinction between Jew and non-Jew, for he is the same Lord for all people. And he has enough treasures to lavish generously upon all who call on him. 13And it’s true:
“Everyone who calls on the Lord’s name
will experience new life.”
14But how can people call on him for help if they’ve not yet believed? And how can they believe in one they’ve not yet heard of? And how can they hear the message of life if there is no one there to proclaim it? 15And how can the message be proclaimed if messengers have yet to be sent? That’s why the Scriptures say:
How welcome is the arrival # 10:15 Or “how beautiful the feet.” The Greek word implies their arrival comes at just the right time. See Isa. 52:7; Nah. 1:15.
of those proclaiming the joyful news of peace
and of good things to come!
16But not everyone welcomes # 10:16 Or “obeys.” the good news, as Isaiah said:
Lord, is there anyone who hears
and believes our message? # 10:16 See Isa. 53:1.
17Faith, then, is birthed in a heart that responds to God’s anointed utterance of the Anointed One.
18Can it be that Israel hasn’t heard the message? No, they have heard it, for:
The voice has been heard throughout the world,
and its message has gone to the ends of the earth! # 10:18 See Ps. 19:4.
19So again I ask, didn’t Israel already understand that God’s message was for others as well as for themselves? # 10:19 Paul is confirming that God’s plan from the beginning was to give the message of salvation to all the nations. Yes, they certainly did understand, for Moses was the first # 10:19 Or “First Moses . . . then Isaiah (v. 20) confirms it.” to state it:
“I will make you jealous of a people who are ‘nobodies.’
And I will use people with no understanding
to provoke you to anger.” # 10:19 See Deut. 32:21. Those who are “nobodies” and the “people with no understanding” both refer to the gentile believers among the nations that have by faith entered into new life in Jesus.
20And Isaiah the fearless prophet dared to declare:
“Those who found me weren’t even seeking me.
I manifested # 10:20 The compound Greek word emphanes means “to make manifest,” “to appear in shining light,” “to be bright,” “to shine light upon,” “to come into view.” myself before those
who weren’t even asking to know me!” # 10:20 See Isa. 65:1.
21Yet regarding Israel Isaiah says:
“With love I have held out my hands day after day,
offering myself to this unbelieving
and stubborn people!” # 10:21 See Isa. 65:2.