Paul had not yet been to Rome: the church had been planted by others.
This letter to the Romans is all about the 'gospel': the word simply means 'good news'. Paul is not describing an idea he has invented, because this good news comes from God (Romans 1:1).
The gospel is God calling people to a whole change of life. And He gave the Apostles the primary responsibility of explaining it.
Many people think that religion is a private matter and that one faith is equal to all others. That is not the Bible's view of faith in Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul describes his attitude to serving God as 'wholehearted' because he had fully accepted the call of God on his life.
Paul longed to visit the believers in Rome because he wanted them to grow up in Christ.
When God calls people to repentance and faith, He also calls them to serve Him. In Paul's day, slaves were legally 'bound' to their masters; and he used that word to describe his service to God.
Paul was totally committed to the gospel. The good news about salvation through Jesus was the apostle's passion. He knew the message was powerful to bring people to faith: Jews and Gentiles alike.
'Gospel' means 'good news'. It is the message of how to be saved from God's wrath.
Because God is the source of all wisdom, rejecting Him is the ultimate foolishness. We can reject Him passively as well as by outwardly hostile aggression.
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