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Isaiah 55:11 GNT So also will be the word that I speak—it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 GNT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,
so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.
2 Peter 1:19-21 GNT So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts.
Above all else, however, remember that none of us can explain by ourselves a prophecy in the Scriptures.
For no prophetic message ever came just from the human will, but people were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.
How to hear and understand the Gospel
The Lord Answers Job
Job 38:1-3 GNT Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job.
Job 40:6-7 GNT Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job once again.
Job 42:4-7 GNT You told me to listen while you spoke and to try to answer your questions.
Romans 10:14-17 GNT But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed?
And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!”
But not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, “Lord, who believed our message?”
So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.
Acts 26:17-18 GNT I will rescue you from the people of Israel and from the Gentiles to whom I will send you.
You are to open their eyes and turn them from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to God, so that through their faith in me they will have their sins forgiven and receive their place among God’s chosen people.’
Romans 15:4-7 GNT Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.
And may God, the source of patience and encouragement, enable you to have the same point of view among yourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus,
so that all of you together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Paul’s Reason for Writing So Boldly
Romans 15:14-21 My friends: I myself feel sure that you are full of goodness, that you have all knowledge, and that you are able to teach one another.
But in this letter I have been quite bold about certain subjects of which I have reminded you. I have been bold because of the privilege God has given me
of being a servant of Christ Jesus to work for the Gentiles. I serve like a priest in preaching the Good News from God, in order that the Gentiles may be an offering acceptable to God, dedicated to him by the Holy Spirit.
In union with Christ Jesus, then, I can be proud of my service for God.
I will be bold and speak only about what Christ has done through me to lead the Gentiles to obey God. He has done this by means of words and deeds,
by the power of miracles and wonders, and by the power of the Spirit of God. And so, in traveling all the way from Jerusalem to Illyricum, I have proclaimed fully the Good News about Christ.
My ambition has always been to proclaim the Good News in places where Christ has not been heard of, so as not to build on a foundation laid by someone else.
As the scripture says, “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.”
Ephesians 1:15-19 For this reason, ever since I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people,
I have not stopped giving thanks to God for you. I remember you in my prayers
and ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you the Spirit, who will make you wise and reveal God to you, so that you will know him.
I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people,
and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength
The Salvation of the Gentiles
Romans 11:13-14 I am speaking now to you Gentiles: As long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I will take pride in my work.
Perhaps I can make the people of my own race jealous, and so be able to save some of them.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Now remember what you were, my friends, when God called you. From the human point of view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social standing.
God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.
He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.
This means that no one can boast in God’s presence.
But God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we become God’s holy people and are set free.
So then, as the scripture says, “Whoever wants to boast must boast of what the Lord has done.”
Acts 15:12 The whole group was silent as they heard Barnabas and Paul report all the miracles and wonders that God had performed through them among the Gentiles.
Acts 21:18-21 The next day Paul went with us to see James; and all the church elders were present.
Paul greeted them and gave a complete report of everything that God had done among the Gentiles through his work.
After hearing him, they all praised God. Then they said, “Brother Paul, you can see how many thousands of Jews have become believers, and how devoted they all are to the Law.
They have been told that you have been teaching all the Jews who live in Gentile countries to abandon the Law of Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or follow the Jewish customs.
Acts 2:18-21 Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.
Isaiah 52:13-15 The Lord says, “My servant will succeed in his task; he will be highly honored.