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Monday, March 16 2009
Over the next few weeks, I will be "highlighting" one or two scriptures from each chapter of Romans.  I wish that I could blog on the whole book, but that would have to be published in book form.  It is my desire to write a book, but that is a long term goal.  If you have any comments on this blog, please email me at roberteaby@verizon.net.  Thank you for reading.

The scripture that I have chosen to write about today is one that probably does not register as significant to many people.  It is simply an opening greeting to those that the author, the Apostle Paul, is writing.  It is Romans 1:7...

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Unlike our typical opening of "Dear .....", we get a clear understanding of whom the letter is intended.  We can glean from Paul's opening some very pertinent biographical information that tells us that the readers were...
  • Romans
  • Beloved of God
  • Saints
Why is this important?  It is important because it places the whole book in context.  The book of Romans is not written to those on the outside of the church or even those making their way to Jesus, but to the saints that are beloved of God. 

The word "saint" from the Greek is defined in Strong's Concordance as sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious.  The book of Romans must be read from a saint's perspective.  If I were to read my neighbor's mail, I would not comprehend the true intentions of the writer, but I could only apply the letter to my life.  Therefore, I would not truly understand the meaning of the letter. 

Romans 1:7 must be remembered as we make our way through the book of Romans.  It will help put the scriptures that I write about into proper context.

Have a great Monday.
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 07:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email