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.
But what does it say? "The Message is close to you, in your mouth and in your heart;" that is, the Message which we are publishing about the faith--
that if with your mouth you confess Jesus as Lord and in your heart believe that God brought Him back to life, you shall be saved.
For with the heart men believe and obtain righteousness, and with the mouth they make confession and obtain salvation.
The Scripture says, "No one who believes in Him shall have reason to feel ashamed."
Jew and Gentile are on precisely the same footing; for the same Lord is Lord over all, and is infinitely kind to all who call upon Him for deliverance.
For "every one, without exception, who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."