God’s Good News
Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about
all over the world. 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 by spreading 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 bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to
encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now.
I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. For I have a great sense of
obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike.
So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew
first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start
to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”