VIII. Conclusion --
The Consummation of the Gospel
A. The Gentiles Offered
14 But I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15 But I have written the more boldly to you on some points so as to remind you of them again because of the agrace given to me by God
16 That I might be a 1minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, a 2laboring 3apriest of the gospel of God, in order that the boffering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, having been csanctified in the Holy Spirit.
17 I have therefore my 1aboasting in Christ Jesus bin the things pertaining to God.
18 For I will not dare to speak anything of the things which aChrist has not accomplished through me for the bobedience of the Gentiles, by word and by work,
19 In the power of asigns and wonders, in the bpower of the Spirit of God; so that cfrom Jerusalem and round about to 1Illyricum, I have 2dfully preached the gospel of Christ,
20 But have done so aspiring to announce the gospel not where Christ has been named, so that I would not build upon aanother's foundation;
21 But as it is written, a"They will see, they to whom nothing concerning Him was announced; and those who have not heard will understand.''
22 For this reason also I have been ahindered these many times from coming to you.
23 But now I no longer have place in these regions and have had a desire since many years ago to acome to you
24 Whenever I may go to 1aSpain, for I hope to see you in passing and be bsent forward there by you, if first I am cfilled, at least in part, by your company.
B. The Communication
between the Gentile and Jewish Saints
25 But now I am agoing to Jerusalem, 1bministering to the saints.
26 For aMacedonia and bAchaia have been pleased to make some 1contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
27 For they were pleased to do it, and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have shared in their aspiritual things, they ought also to 1do service to them in material things.
28 When therefore I have finished this and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by way of you to aSpain.
29 And I know that when I come to you, I will acome in the 1fullness of the blessing of Christ.
30 Now I aexhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the blove of the Spirit, to cstrive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
31 That I may be delivered from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my 1aservice for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
32 So that coming to you in joy through the awill of God, I may brefresh myself and rest with you.
33 Now the aGod of peace be with you all. Amen.
C. The Concern between the Churches
1 I 1commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a adeaconess of the 2church which is in bCenchrea,
2 That you areceive her in the Lord in a manner 1worthy of the saints and assist her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been the 2patroness of many, of myself as well.
3 Greet aPrisca and aAquila, my bfellow workers in Christ Jesus,
4 Who 1risked their own necks for my 2life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the 3achurches of the Gentiles;
5 And greet the 1achurch, which is in their 2house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the firstfruits of Asia unto Christ.
6 Greet Mary, one who has labored much for us.
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my akinsmen and my bfellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.
9 Greet Urbanus, our afellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.
10 Greet Apelles, 1approved in Christ. Greet 2those of the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my akinsman. Greet 1those of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Greet Persis, the beloved sister, one who has labored much in the Lord.
13 Greet aRufus, bchosen in the Lord, and his mother as well as 1mine.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers with them.
15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the 1achurches of Christ greet you.
17 Now I aexhort you, brothers, to bmark those who make cdivisions and causes of 1stumbling contrary to the dteaching which you have learned, and 2eturn away from them.
18 For such men do not 1aserve our Lord Christ, but their own 2bstomach, and through csmooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the 3simple.
19 For the report of your aobedience has reached to all; therefore I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil.
20 Now the aGod of peace will 1bcrush Satan cunder your feet shortly. The 2dgrace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21 aTimothy, my bfellow worker, greets you, as well as Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my ckinsmen.
22 I, Tertius, who write this epistle, greet you in the Lord.
23 aGaius, my host and host of the whole church, greets you. bErastus, the city treasurer, greets you, and Quartus the brother.
24 See note 124.
D. The Concluding Praise
25 aNow to Him who is able to 1bestablish you according to 2cmy gospel, that is, the dproclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the 3emystery, which has been kept in silence in the 4times of the ages
26 But has now been manifested, and through the aprophetic writings, according to the command of the 1beternal God, has been made known to all the Gentiles for the cobedience of faith;
27 To the aonly 1wise God through Jesus Christ, to Him be the bglory forever and ever. Amen.