His holy people …
Romans 1:1-7 NLT
 This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.
 God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.
 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line,
 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
 And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.
 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Today we begin a new focus. Over the next weeks or perhaps months, we will be looking at the book of Romans. We will consider some details important to our understanding of the book and passages. Starting from the beginning we will see how the key verse in Romans 5:1 unites this entire letter to the people who lived in Rome and for us today.
Romans 5:1 NLT
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
In the opening passage noted above we see that the Good News is about God’s son Jesus Christ who was:
- Born as a human
- Descendant of king David
- Died and was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit
- The One who opened the way for us to experience God’s grace
These four points lay the foundation for what Paul writes in this letter. They are integral to our faith as we understand sin, forgiveness, life in the Holy Spirit, and that salvation is for everyone. God’s gift of grace to us in His Son is received through faith which brings us into right relationship with Him.
It is this very life that we have in Christ that makes us holy.
Let’s embark on the task of grasping the profound depth of the truths mentioned in this book of Romans. Then, we can hope along with Paul that our calling to belong to Christ and be His holy people will transform us.