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God is looking for heart change, not behavioral modification. He knows that men cannot live up to His holy standards. The Jews, His chosen people, had proven that fact time and time again. And yet, Paul is forced to talk directly to the Jews in his audience, letting them know that their ethnicity was not enough to save them. The fact that they had been given the law made little difference in their standing with God because they had failed to keep God’s law. Being a Jew didn’t make anyone right with God. If anything, it placed them under greater condemnation because their inability to keep the law should have driven them to His Son as their sin substitute and Savior. Paul reveals that a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. Not because of anything they have done, but because of what Christ has done for them.