Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
How Will They Hear?
Since God chooses those who are going to be saved, does that mean we do not have to do our part to witness to people? You might conclude so if you failed to read this chapter. While it is true that those who are to be saved will become saved because of what God does, we still must do our part to share the message of Christ with them. We find in these verses two principles that confirm our responsibility. First, in verse eleven we see that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. There is no difference between Jew or Gentile. Salvation is available to everyone and we must demonstrate that by sharing the message of the gospel with all people. Second, verses fourteen and fifteen clearly state that people will only respond to the message if they first hear it. The means by which God has chosen to make the message known is through His children. You and I have the awesome responsibility of taking the message to people so that God can enable them to respond. These verses should motivate us to spread the gospel to every corner of the world. People who are waiting to hear the message. Will you be the one to tell them?
How can you better prepare yourself to share the message of the Gospel with anyone at any time?
How can you maximize your opportunities to share the Gospel with people?
Name some friends and family members who need to hear the Gospel. How and when will you tell them?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?