141I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,a that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with 2all knowledge and able to instruct one another.
But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, 3because of the grace given me by God
to be 4a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles 5in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that 6the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have 7reason to be proud of 8my work for God.
For I will not venture to speak of anything except 9what Christ has accomplished through me 10to bring the Gentiles to obedience--by word and deed,
1911by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God--so that 12from Jerusalem and all the way around 13to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;
and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, 14lest I build on someone else's foundation,
but as it is written, 15"Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand."
This is the reason why 16I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and 17since I have longed for many years to come to you,
I hope to see you in passing as I go 18to Spain, and 19to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.
At present, however, 20I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.
For 21Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.
For they were pleased to do it, and indeed 22they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected,b I will leave 23for Spain by way of you.
I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessingc of Christ.
I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by 24the love of the Spirit, 25to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
3126that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that 27my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and 28be refreshed in your company.
May 29the God of peace be with you all. Amen.