ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 212


“Rejoice with his people,
you Gentiles.”
And yet again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.”
And in another place Isaiah said,
“The heir to David’s throne will come,
and he will rule over the Gentiles.
They will place their hope on him.”
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and
peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident
hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of
goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all
about them. Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these
points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace,
I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the
Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God,
made holy by the Holy Spirit. So I have reason to be enthusiastic about
all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. Yet I dare not
boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing
the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them.
They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and
by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good
News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.
My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name
of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already
been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in
the Scriptures, where it says,
“Those who have never been told about him will see,
and those who have never heard of him will understand.”
In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been
preaching in these places.
But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long
years of waiting, I am eager to visit you. I am planning to go to Spain, and

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