Hear, Believe, Be Saved!

Romans 9:30-10:17 The Passion Translation

Israel’s Unbelief

30 So then, what does all this mean? Here’s the irony: The non-Jewish people, who weren’t even pursuing righteousness, were the ones who seized it—a perfect righteousness that is transferred by faith. 31 Yet Israel, even though pursuing a legal righteousness,[a] did not attain to it. 32 And why was that? Because they did not pursue the path of faith but insisted on pursuing righteousness by works,[b] as if it could be seized another way. They were offended by the means of obtaining it and stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written:

“Be careful! I am setting in Zion a stone
    that will cause people to stumble,
    a rock[c] of offense that will make them fall,
    but believers in him will not experience shame.”[d]

Faith-Righteousness

10 My beloved brothers and sisters, the passionate desire of my heart and constant prayer to God is for my fellow Israelites to experience salvation. For I know that although they are deeply devoted to God, they are unenlightened. And 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. For Christ is the end of the law.[e] And because of him, God has transferred his perfect righteousness to all who believe.

Moses 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.”[f]

But 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, or to descend into the underworld to bring him up from the dead.”[g]

But 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.”[h]

And what is God’s “living message”? It is the revelation of faith for salvation,[i] 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. 10 The heart that believes in him receives the gift of the righteousness of God—and then the mouth confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scriptures encourage us with these words:

“Everyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.”[j]

Good News for All People

12 So 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. 13 And it’s true:

“Everyone who calls on the Lord’s name
    will experience new life.”

14 But 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? 15 And how can the message be proclaimed if messengers have yet to be sent? That’s why the Scriptures say:

How welcome is the arrival[k]
    of those proclaiming the joyful news of peace
    and of good things to come!

16 But not everyone welcomes[l]the good news, as Isaiah said:

Lord, is there anyone who hears
    and believes our message?
[m]

17 Faith, then, is birthed in a heart that responds to God’s anointed utterance of the Anointed One.”

Hear, Believe, Be Saved

John 20:31 The Passion Translation

31 But all that is recorded here is so that you will fully believe[a]that Jesus is the Anointed One, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you will experience eternal life[b] by the power of his name!”

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