(I am a priest of Jesus Christ among the pagans so as to make them acceptable as an offering.)
I am quite certain
that you are full of good intentions,
perfectly well instructed
and able to advise each other.
The reason why I have written to you,
and put some things rather strongly
is to refresh your memories,
since God has given me
this special position.
He has appointed me as
a priest of Jesus Christ,
and I am to carry out my priestly duty
by bringing the Good News from Godto the pagans,
and so make them acceptable
as an offering, made holy by the Holy Spirit.
I think I have some reason
to be proud of what I,
in union with Christ Jesus,
have been able to do for God.
What I am presuming to speak of,
is only what Christ himself has done
to win the allegiance of the pagans,
using what I have said and done
by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thus, all the way along,
from Jerusalem to Illyricum,
I have preached Christ’s Good News
to the utmost of my capacity.
I have always, however,
made it an unbroken rule
never to preach where Christ’s name
has already been heard.
The reason for that was
that I had no wish
to build on other men’s foundations;
on the contrary,
my chief concern has been to fulfil the text:
Those who have never been told
about him will see him,
and those who have never heard about him
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.