First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you. People all over the world are talking about your faith.
References for Romans 1:8
I serve God with my whole heart. I preach the good news about his Son. God knows that I always remember you
in my prayers. I pray that now at last it may be God's plan to open the way for me to visit you.
I long to see you. I want to make you strong by giving you a gift from the Holy Spirit.
I want us to cheer each other up by sharing our faith.
Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that I planned many times to visit you. But until now I have been kept from coming. My work has produced results among others who are not Jews. In the same way, I want to see results among you.
I have a duty both to Greeks and to non-Greeks. I have a duty both to wise people and to foolish people.
So I really want to preach the good news also to you who live in Rome.
I am not ashamed of the good news. It is God's power. And it will save everyone who believes. It is meant first for the Jews. It is meant also for those who aren't Jews.
The good news shows how God makes people right with himself. From beginning to end, becoming right with God depends on a person's faith. It is written, "Those who are right with God will live by faith."(Habakkuk 2:4)