Epistle to the Romans
Epistle to the Romans Community Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (NRSV 10:12-13)
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (KJV 10:12-13)
Paul's God seems pretty welcoming. Here, Paul wants us to know that God doesn't draw dividing lines—he brings along anyone who wants to take the ride.
As regards the gospel [the Jewish people] are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (NRSV 11:28-29)
As concerning the gospel, [the Jewish people] are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (KJV 11:28-29)
Paul struggles with this issue throughout the letter. Non-Christian Jews are obviously not saved, but he can't shake the feeling that God needs to do something for them. Here, he's telling the Romans that they are still part of the fold because God's election is a no take-back kind of situation.
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. (NRSV 12:4-5)
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (KJV 12:4-5)
Sure, all the members of the community are distinct and different. But they've all got to work together to get this church up and running.