This letter is from Paul, Jesus Christ's slave, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.
This Good News was promised long ago by God through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.
It is the Good News about his Son, Jesus, who came as a man, born into King David's royal family line.
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. a5
Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ,
dear friends in Rome. God loves you dearly, and he has called you to be his very own people. May grace and peace be yours from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let me say first of all that your faith in God is becoming known throughout the world. How I thank God through Jesus Christ for each one of you.
God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart b by telling others the Good News about his Son.
One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.
For I long to visit you so I can share a spiritual blessing with you that will help you grow strong in the Lord.
I'm eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other.
I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, c that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see good results, just as I have done among other Gentiles.
For I have a great sense of obligation to people in our culture and to people in other cultures, d to the educated and uneducated alike.
So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach God's Good News.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)