After relaying the bad news from Corinth, the messengers returned there. Paul promised a visit in the near future. After accompanying the collection to Jerusalem, he planned to go to Rome first and then to Spain. The chapter cites what biblical scholars speculate—Paul did not write the concluding part of his Letter to the Romans. Paul's choice of Spain may have been inspired by the eschatological vision of Isaiah. The origins of the church of Rome, like those in Damascus, were shrouded in obscurity. Spain, on the other hand, would be perfectly in keeping with Paul's Messianic understanding of his vocation as a responsibility to extend the kingdom of God to the limits of the known world.
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