Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in the whole world. (Romans 1:8) When writing to certain people the Apostle says he gives thanks for all of them, as he does now in writing to the Romans. . . .
Thus his first expression in this letter starts with a word of thanksgiving. Now to give thanks to God is to offer a sacrifice of praise; and for that reason he adds, ‘through Jesus Christ,’ as through a great high priest.”
(Origen, Origen Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans 1-5 , p. 77)