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1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—
2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures

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3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly lifea was a descendant of David,

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    • a 1:3 - Or "who according to the flesh"
      4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in powerb by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

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        • b 1:4 - Or "was declared with power to be the Son of God"
          5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes fromc faith for his name’s sake.

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          6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

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          7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

          Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

          8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
          9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
          10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
          11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—
          12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
          13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,d that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

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            • d 1:13 - The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 7:1, 4; 8:12, 29; 10:1; 11:25; 12:1; 15:14, 30; 16:14, 17.
              14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.

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              15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

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