What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, (Romans 9:30-32 ESV)
Что же скажем? Язычники, не искавшие праведности, получили праведность, праведность от веры. А Израиль, искавший закона праведности, не достиг до закона праведности. Почему? потому что [искали] не в вере, а в делах закона. Ибо преткнулись о камень преткновения, (Римлянам 9:30-32 Russian)
Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for graciously acknowledging us even though we understand that we could never do anything that would cause you to be indebted to us. Help us Lord as we struggle to live up to the higher standards of everyone who wears the name of Christ. Give us more of the perfect wisdom of Christ so that we will understand more clearly what you expect from your people who live by faith in your beloved Son. Open our minds to greater possibilities in doing our small part in spreading the borders of the Kingdom. Weaken the influence of those who attempt to drag us away from the importance of faithfully trusting and obeying Jesus as Lord. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister