People Still Stumble Over Jesus
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 9:30a What should we say then?
Since God in His own pleasure had saved Jews by grace in the past, Paul now asked a pertinent question. What is God’s plan resulting in right now; what is happening in His current economy?
Romans 9:30b Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have
obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes
There can be no salvation without righteousness. This refers not to goodness or morality, but to a legal transaction. In salvation, righteousness refers to that which is necessary to satisfy the demands of God against us.
Gentiles were not concerned about righteousness. They needed salvation, but never considered trying to be right with Israel’s God. His righteousness was something they knew nothing of, and had no desire for.
Nevertheless, God in sovereign mercy came to them. What He had said on another occasion was true now: “I was sought by those who did not ask; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said: Here I am, here I am, to a nation that was not called by My name” (Isaiah 65:1).
The Gentiles found something they were not seeking. They were like the man who grabbed a shrub to keep from falling. He noticed the shrub was very loose. Pulling it up, he found a huge stash of silver buried beneath