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1 1Greetings from Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus. God called me to be an apostle.* I was chosen to tell God's Good News* to all people. 2God promised long ago to give this Good News to his people. God used his prophets* to promise this. That promise is written in the Holy Scriptures.* 3-4The Good News is about God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As a person, he was born from the family of David.* But through the Spirit of holiness* Jesus was shown to be God's Son. He was shown to be God's Son with great power by rising from death. 5Through Christ, God gave me the special work of an apostle.* God gave me this work to lead people of all nations to believe and obey God. And I do this work for Christ. 6And you people in Rome were also called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7This letter is to all of you in Rome that God has called to be his holy people.* You are people that God loves. Grace (kindness) and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Prayer of Thanks

8First I want to say that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you. I thank God because people everywhere in the world are talking about your great faith. 9-10Every time I pray I always remember you. God knows this is true. God is the One I worship (serve) in my spirit by telling people the Good News* about his Son. I pray that I will be allowed to come to you. It will happen if God wants it. 11I want very much to see you. I want to give you some spiritual gift to make you strong. 12I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith that we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you. 13Brothers [and sisters], I want you to know that I planned many times to come to you. But I have not been allowed to come to you. I wanted to come so that I could help you grow spiritually. I want to help you like I have helped the other non-Jewish people. 14I must serve all people--Greeks and non-Greeks, wise people and foolish people. 15That is why I want so much to tell the Good News* to you there in Rome. 16I am proud of the Good News. The Good News is the power God uses to save every person that believes--to save the Jews first, and also to save the non-Jews. 17The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself. God's way of making people right begins and ends with faith. Like the Scripture* says, "The person that is right with God by faith will live forever."*

apostle A person Jesus chose to represent him in a special way. Good News The news that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever. prophets People who spoke for God. Scripture(s) Holy Writings--the Old Testament. David King of Israel about 1000 years before Christ. Spirit of holiness Probably the Holy Spirit. apostle A person Jesus chose to represent him in a special way. holy people God's people are called holy because they are made pure through Christ and belong only to God. "The person ... forever" Quote from Hab. 2:4.

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