Goodspeed(i) 8 I hold that Christ has become an agent of circumcision to show God's truthfulness in carrying out the promises made to our forefathers, 9 and causing the heathen to praise God for his mercy; as the Scripture says, "I will give thanks to you for this among the heathen, And sing in honor of your name." 10 And again, "Rejoice, you heathen, with his people!" 11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you heathen, And let all nations sing his praises." 12 Again Isaiah says, "The descendant of Jesse will come, The one who is to rise to rule the heathen; The heathen will set their hopes on him." 13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with perfect happiness and peace in your faith, so that you may have overflowing hope through the power of the holy Spirit. 14 For my part, as far as you are concerned, my brothers, I am convinced that you are already full of goodness of heart, endowed with perfect knowledge, and well qualified to instruct one another. 15 But, just to refresh your memories, I have written you pretty boldly on some points, because of the favor God has shown me 16 in making me a minister of Christ Jesus among the heathen, to act as a priest of God's good news, to see that the heathen are an acceptable sacrifice, consecrated by the holy Spirit. 17 So as a follower of Christ Jesus I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will venture to speak only of what Christ has accomplished through me in winning the heathen to obedience, by word and action, 19 by the force of signs and marvels, and by the power of the holy Spirit, with the result that I have completed the preaching of the good news of Christ all the way from Jerusalem around to Illyricum.