5. Through Christ
a. Christ, the End of the Law
4 For Christ is the 1aend of the law unto righteousness to everyone who believes.
b. Christ, Incarnated and Resurrected
5 For Moses writes concerning the righteousness which is out of the law: a"The man who does them shall live by them.''
6 But the righteousness which is out of faith speaks in this way, a"Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into bheaven?'' that is, to 1bring Christ down;
7 Or, "Who will descend into the 1abyss?'' that is, to 2bring Christ up from the dead.
c. Christ, Who Is Near
8 But what does it say? 1a"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,'' that is, the word of the faith which we proclaim,
d. Christ, Believed In and Called Upon
9 That if you aconfess with your 1mouth bJesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has 2craised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 For 1with the heart there is believing 2unto righteousness, and 1with the mouth there is confession 2unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, a"Everyone who believes on Him shall not be put to shame.''
12 For there is no distinction between aJew and Greek, for the same Lord is bLord of all and 1crich to all who dcall upon Him;
13 For a"whoever 1calls upon the name of the Lord shall be 2bsaved.''
e. Christ, Proclaimed and Heard
14 How then shall they call upon Him into whom they have not 1believed? And how shall they believe into Him of whom they have not 2heard? And how shall they hear without one who proclaims Him?
15 And how shall they proclaim Him unless they are sent? As it is written, a"How beautiful are the bfeet of those who announce the news of good things!''
f. Christ, Received or Rejected
16 But not all have 1aobeyed the gospel, for Isaiah says, b"Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?''
17 So faith comes out of ahearing, and hearing through the bword of Christ.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes surely: a"Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the inhabited earth.''
19 But I say, Did Israel not know this? First, Moses says, a"I will bprovoke you to jealousy by them who are not a nation; by a nation without understanding I will anger you.''
20 And Isaiah is very bold and says, a"I was found by those who did not seek Me; I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.''
21 But with regard to Israel he says, a"All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a people who disobey and contradict.''