First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
1:8 I thank my God. In every letter Paul wrote, he expressed his gratitude for those who would receive it except in his letter to the Galatians, whose defection from the true gospel caused him to dispense with any opening commendations. The point is, Paul was truly thankful for the family of God. You can’t do wart he did and not depend on the love, support and prayers of God’s people.
I’m so glad that I’m a part of the family of God! It’s the greatest institution ever to exist! Don’t ever take for granted being part of the family. And don’t ever miss an opportunity to bless or encourage someone that belongs to your family of faith.
your faith. This speaks of the genuineness of their salvation. The testimony of the church in Rome was so strong that, in A.D. 49, the emperor Claudius expelled all the Jews because of the influence of “Chrestus,” which was undoubtedly a reference to Christ (cf. Acts 18:2). throughout the whole world. As the center of the Roman Empire and the inhabited world, whatever happened in Rome became known universally.