“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.”
As we have seen in verses 1 through 6 Paul introduces who he is. In verse 7 Paul introduces whom the letter is written to, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:”. The word “saints” is the Greek word “hagios” which means “most holy thing, a saint”. Another way of saying “called to be saints” is “called to be His own holy people”. To be “holy” means to be set apart God. This expression is used throughout the Old Testament to describe Israel, God’s chosen people, who God called from among all other nations to be His own. By calling the Gentiles Christians ” His own people”, Paul makes it clear that Gentiles are now fully included among God’s people.
Grace is the typical Greek greeting and peace is the traditional Hebrew greeting. Just another proof that the church at Rome was made up of Jews and Gentiles.