The apostle Paul indirectly attempted to turn the church members in Rome away from their final decision, that they might recognize that the righteousness of God is attained only through their faith in Christ, while righteousness founded on works leads the religious professors to destruction. His question was decisive. The apostle Paul confessed before the council of the first church, and particularly before those who held righteousness according to the law, that none of them had kept and fulfilled all the commandments of God, and that none of them would be saved by his works, but by the grace of God which is only present in Christ (Acts 15:6-11). He who despises the grace of Christ is like a man walking in darkness who suddenly stumbles on a big stone on his way, falls down and perishes (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16).Though he had reconciled the Jews to God, Christ became, for many of them, a reason for their judgment because they rejected his unique grace. However, those who recognized their Savior, and believed in him, were saved.Paul confessed that many Jews were diligent in keeping the law, and had made every effort to obey the commandments. He loved them because of their diligence, and hoped that they would seize the opportunities of their life, and accept the great gift given to them. Therefore, Paul prayed to God and pleaded earnestly that many of them would be guided to the salvation prepared for them.However, Paul experienced in many of the economic centers in the Roman Empire that the Jews held to their law. They regarded themselves as the chosen people and looked at the other peoples as rubbish. They did not recognize the new righteousness of God in Christ, but attempted through fasting, prayer, sacrifices, contributions, and pilgrimage to observe the 613 commandments in order to prove their innocence, and thereby, rejecting the true righteousness of God. What a deceitful thought this is! What a condition of suffering they had brought upon themselves!