God's Good NewsEdit
Faith in God's good news: the promise of the Messiah
 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus and called to be an apostle, set apart for God’s good news
 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
 concerning his Son, who came to be from the offspring* of David according to the flesh,
 but who with power was declared God’s Son according to the spirit of holiness by means of resurrection from the dead—yes, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Through him we received undeserved kindness and an apostleship+ with a view to obedience by faith among all the nations respecting his name,
 among which nations you also have been called to belong to Jesus Christ—
 to all those who are in Rome as God’s beloved ones, called to be holy ones:May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 First of all, I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ concerning all of you, because your faith is talked about throughout the whole world.
 For God, to whom I render sacred service with my spirit in connection with the good news about his Son, is my witness of how without ceasing I always mention you in my prayers,
 begging that if at all possible I may now at last succeed in coming to you by God’s will.
 For I am longing to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to you for you to be made firm;
 or, rather, that we may have an interchange of encouragement by one another’s faith, both yours and mine.
 But I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that many times I have intended to come to you—but I have been prevented until now—in order that I might acquire some fruitage also among you just as among the rest of the nations.
 Both to Greeks and to foreigners,* both to wise and to senseless ones, I am a debtor;
 so I am eager to declare the good news also to you there in Rome.
 For I am not ashamed of the good news; it is, in fact, God’s power for salvation to everyone having faith,+ to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
 For in it God’s righteousness is being revealed by faith and for faith, just as it is written: “But the righteous one will live by reason of faith.”
Commissioned by GodEdit
Christians adequately qualified by God to minister
 Are we starting to recommend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some men, letters of recommendation to you or from you?
 You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts and known and being read by all mankind.
 For you are shown to be a letter of Christ written by us as ministers, inscribed not with ink but with the spirit of a living God, not on stone tablets but on fleshly tablets, on hearts.
 We have this sort of confidence toward God through the Christ.
 Not that we of ourselves are adequately qualified to consider that anything comes from us, but our being adequately qualified comes from God,
 who has indeed adequately qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not of a written code, but of spirit; for the written code condemns to death, but the spirit makes alive.
-2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Shine through darknessEdit
Christian ministry in the face of unbelievers
 Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy that was shown us, we do not give up.
 But we have renounced the shameful, underhanded things, not walking with cunning or adulterating the word of God; but by making the truth manifest, we recommend ourselves to every human conscience in the sight of God.
 If, in fact, the good news we declare is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing,
 among whom the god of this system of things* has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination* of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.
 For we are preaching, not about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.
 For God is the one who said: “Let the light shine out of darkness,” and he has shone on our hearts to illuminate them with the glorious knowledge of God by the face of Christ.
-2 Corinthians 4:1-6