God gives greatness to those who ask, Romans

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 10:11-21; New LifeVersion

The Holy Writings say, “No one who puts his trust in Christ will ever be put to shame.” 12 There is no difference between the Jews and the people who are not Jews. They are all the same to the Lord. And He is Lord over all of them. He gives of His greatness to all who call on Him for help. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved from the punishment of sin.

14 But how can they call on Him if they have not put their trust in Him? And how can they put their trust in Him if they have not heard of Him? And how can they hear of Him unless someone tells them? 15 And how can someone tell them if he is not sent?

The Holy Writings provide the answer “The feet of those who bring the Good News are beautiful.”

16 But they have not all listened to the Good News. Isaiah says, “Lord, who believed what we told them?” 17 So then, faith comes to us by hearing the Good News. And the Good News comes by someone preaching it. 18 And so I ask, “Did they not hear?” For sure they did.

The Holy Writings say, “Their voice was heard over all the earth. The Good News was told to the ends of the earth.” 19 Again I ask, “Did the Jews not understand?” First of all, Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation. I will make you angry with a foolish nation of people who do not understand.”

20 Isaiah says even stronger words, “I have been found by men who did notlook for me. I have shown myself to those who were not asking for Me.” 21 This is what God says about the Jews, “All day long I held out my hand to a people who would not obey Me and who worked against Me.”

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