13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I often intended to come to you (and was prevented until now), so that I may have some fruit even among you, just as I already have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am in debt both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 For this reason I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome as well. 16 Because I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power to deliver everyone who believes, first to the Jew and also to the Greek. 17 Because the righteousness of God is being revealed in the gospel from faith to faith, just as it is written, “The righteous by faith will live.”
Paul was a consequence of cosmopolitan life of the first century Roman empire. He had learned both from the philosophical schools and the Torah. He felt an obligation to share with the Gentiles what he had learned by the Holy Spirit from the word of God and his encounter with Christ. And what he had learned was nothing to be ashamed of. It was the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ: God’s power to deliver anyone by faith. Those who dare to believe this gospel will live. One people truly know this gospel, they feel obligated to share it with others.
LORD, thank you for the truth of the glorious saving gospel of grace. We owe this truth to those who do not yet know it. Send us to them.