Dear brothers and sister, the longing of my heart and prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself.
Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.
For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.
I’m so glad there is no misdirected zeal for God these days (sarcastic tone).
Oh may we pursue God for who God is, and not for what we think God might be like, or how we were taught to think of God by someone who didn’t really know Jesus, or even based on only one dimension of God’s character, or solely on our favorite single passage of the Bible.
May we get to know God as God has revealed himself to us to be, and may we do so with a completely open heart, agenda free, preconceived notion-free, listening for what God may say to us.
We believe God has given us all the self-disclosure we need through nature, through Scripture, through other people, and most perfectly through the person Jesus Christ communicating to us via the Holy Spirit.