I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness,1 complete in knowledge2 and competent to instruct one another.
I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me316
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles4 with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God,5 so that the Gentiles might become an offering6 acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus7 in my service to God.818
I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles9 to obey God10 by what I have said and done--
by the power of signs and miracles,11 through the power of the Spirit.12 So from Jerusalem13 all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.1420
It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel15 where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation.1621
Rather, as it is written: "Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand."a1722
This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.18