and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope."
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, a that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
Nevertheless on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God.
For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished b through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed,
by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, c so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news d of Christ.
Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news, e not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else's foundation,
but as it is written, "Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand."
This is the reason that I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
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