Romans 1:6-7 :
among whom you are also called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I’m a saint. The Bible says that every Christian is a saint. Do I deserve to be a saint? No, but because of Jesus and His perfection, I have become one. Not only that, it was only because of God that I was saved and became a saint. I had nothing to do with it at all. That’s what it means to be called. This means that I don’t have anything to worry about in my relationship with God because it was God who came and got me. If you are a Christian, God came and got you too and He is able to hold onto you simply because He decides to. If you are a Christian, you are God’s chosen saint.
God is not mean. God loves us enough to call us his “beloved.” We know that God loves us because he decided to make us into saints even while we were sinners.
Paul often starts his letters out with “grace and peace to you.” Because God called us when we didn’t deserve it, it proves that He did it because he wanted to and only because he wanted to. That is what the grace of God really is. Anything we think, say or do that adds a human price to God’s favor for us ruins it for us. God’s grace must come first, and only then can we have peace with God. God hasn’t given us any other way to have peace with Him. That is exactly why Christianity can’t be mixed with any other religion. What other religion says that man has no responsibility in gaining God’s favor? Christianity says God’s favor comes only by His own decision. That is the “grace” of Christianity.
When we grab hold of this grace we belong to Jesus Christ. This was also what God intended for us. We may not have realized it at first, but our believing in Him proves that we were called out to belong to Jesus. We are the chosen ones of God and this letter is for us.