Our identity in Christ matters most. We need to know and affirm it. That is what Saint Paul does in Romans 1:7.
The letter was written to the Romans, 'to those in Rome.' We have come to know it as the
letter to the Romans. However, it is not meant for all the citizens of
Paul further qualifies the word ‘Romans’ by the phrase, ‘who are
loved by God and called to be saints.’ That is the followers of Christ
It is notable that Paul describes the followers of Christ
not in terms of what they have done but what God has done in their
lives. God has loved them and has called them.
To be loved by God is a
privilege. All that we need to do is to accept that love. However,
being called elevates us to a new level of existence, 'saints.'
All the citizens of Rome haven’t risen to that level, only a few among them. They are the community of Christ-followers by accepting God's love through Christ and being called to live as saints of God.
You and me also belong to that group if we follow Christ, by accepting God's offer of love through his son manifested on the Cross.
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