Romans 9

"You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship himů The woman said to him, 'I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Anointed; when He comes, He will tell us everything.' Jesus said to her, 'I am He, the one who is speaking with you.'" (John 4:23-24,25-26)

Only In Christ

Through Israel, God was revealed
By prophets, law, and covenant;
Through Jesus Christ, sin is repealed
For all God's peoples, He was sent.

For those who would not heed His word,
Our hearts lament their greatest loss;
Only from Christ is good news heard --
For salvation comes from the cross.

God predestined those whom He calls;
He has mercy on whom He wills.
Not by one's works will grace befall -
Salvation's not wrought by one's skills.

By faith true righteousness is wrought;
Apart from Christ, all else is naught.

May the Spirit lead all peoples to the knowledge of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ through the loving mercy of His cross.

(c) Paul Buis, 2005