Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire is for Israel's salvation. That's my prayer to God for them.
I can vouch for them: they are enthusiastic about God. However, it isn't informed by knowledge.
They don't submit to God's righteousness because they don't understand his righteousness, and they try to establish their own righteousness.
Christ is the goal of the Law, which leads to righteousness for all who have faith in God.
Moses writes about the righteousness that comes from the Law: The person who does these things will live by them.a6
But the righteousness that comes from faith talks like this: Don't say in your heart, "Who will go up into heaven?"b (that is, to bring Christ down)
or "Who will go down into the region below?"c (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heartd (that is, the message of faith that we preach).
Because if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation.
The scripture says, All who have faith in him won't be put to shame.e12
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives richly to all who call on him.
13All who call on the Lord's name will be saved.f14
So how can they call on someone they don't have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven't heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher?
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news.g16
But everyone hasn't obeyed the good news. As Isaiah says, Lord, who has had faith in our message?h17
So, faith comes from listening, but it's listening by means of Christ's message.
But I ask you, didn't they hear it? Definitely! Their voice has gone out into the entire earth, and their message has gone out to the corners of the inhabited world.i19
But I ask you again, didn't Israel understand? First, Moses says, I will make you jealous of those who aren't a people, of a people without understanding.j20
And Isaiah even dares to say, I was found by those who didn't look for me; I revealed myself to those who didn't ask for me.k21
But he says about Israel, All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.l