Brethren, the longing of my heart, and my prayer to God, on behalf of my countrymen is for their salvation.
For I bear witness that they possess an enthusiasm for God, but it is an unenlightened enthusiasm.
Ignorant of the righteousness which God provides and building their hopes upon a righteousness of their own, they have refused submission to God's righteousness.
For as a means of righteousness Christ is the termination of Law to every believer.
Moses says that he whose actions conform to the righteousness required by the Law shall live by that righteousness.
But the righteousness which is based on faith speaks in a different tone. "Say not in your heart," it declares, "`Who shall ascend to Heaven?'" --that is, to bring Christ down;
"nor `Who shall go down into the abyss?'" --that is, to bring Christ up again from the grave.