to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Romans 1:7(NASB)
There were a number of different church fellowships that met in Rome. We discover in the final chapters of Romans, that this epistle was not written to a particular church or group of churches, but was uniquely written to individual believers living in Rome.
Christ had been identified as the seed of David, according to the flesh.. and as the Son of God according to the Spirit - through His resurrection from the dead. It was through the ministry of Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, that detailed revelation concerning the body of Christ. He was the one who wrote about its heavenly calling, its precious promises and its eternal destiny.
Romans is the seed-bed for all Church-age doctrine. It covers areas such as regeneration, justification, sanctification, glorification, propitiation, adoption, predestination and many other truths that had been hidden from past generations. And two beautiful names, by which Christians are called, are referenced in this verse - “Beloved of God' and “Saints'.
It is by faith in Christ that we are beloved of God, for we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, and become the object of His good pleasure and His divine love. By faith in Christ we are called out of the world to be saints of the most high God. We are holy unto the Lord and set apart for Him - and the intertwined blessings of grace and peace: (charis and shalom) is the beautiful benediction that anoints the heads of all the people of God: Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having been saved by grace through faith.. all who are beloved of God, are not only called to be saints but are supplied with the sufficient grace that enables, empowers, equips and commissions each child of God, in their own appointed mission and ministry.
And peace with God, which was gained at the cross, is enlarged and extended... as the precious peace of God, which passes all understanding, guards our hearts, protect our minds and reigns in our lives, when we cast all our cares upon the Lord. And in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, we are to make our requests known to Him.
Grace and peace comes both from our heavenly Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. Grace and peace is delivered to all the saints.. who are beloved of God, in these opening verses of Paul's great treatise to the Romans.
Romans has been one of the greatest discourses on Church age doctrine and Christian living, that not only defines the gospel.. but gives some of the greatest insights into the glorious gospel of Christ - which is the power of God unto ALL who believe.
Heavenly Father, how I thank You for the good news of the gospel of Christ, and the truth it has revealed.. so that by faith in Christ.. I have been redeemed by His precious blood and become beloved of God and called to be set apart to Your praise and glory. May Your equipping grace and perfect peace pour through me to others - so that the love of Christ may be shed abroad to the honour of Your name - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN
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