The following is the twenty-fourth week’s lesson.Â Salvation through Christ Jesus is a free gift from God. Those who try to find salvation by their own works lose out on it.Â God graciously called the Gentiles to faith. And he was not unjust toward the Jews, many of whom had fallen away. He did everything he could to give them the hope of eternal life through faith in Christ.
Romans 9:30Â What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31Â but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32Â Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33Â As it is written:
â€œBehold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.â€
RomansÂ 10:1 Brethren, my heartâ€™s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2Â For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3Â For they being ignorant of Godâ€™s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4Â For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
5Â For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, â€œThe man who does those things shall live by them.â€ 6Â But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, â€œDo not say in your heart, â€˜Who will ascend into heaven?â€™Â â€ (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7Â or, â€œÂ â€˜Who will descend into the abyss?â€™Â â€ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8Â But what does it say? â€œThe word is near you, in your mouth and in your heartâ€ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9Â that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10Â For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11Â For the Scripture says, â€œWhoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.â€ 12Â For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13Â For â€œwhoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.â€
14Â 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? 15Â And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
â€œHow beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!â€
16Â But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, â€œLord, who has believed our report?â€ 17Â So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18Â But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
â€œTheir sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.â€
19Â But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:
â€œI will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,
I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.â€
20Â But Isaiah is very bold and says:
â€œI was found by those who did not seek Me;
I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.â€
21Â But to Israel he says:
â€œAll day long I have stretched out My hands
To a disobedient and contrary people.â€