Father, may we all, who profess your name, be telling a lost world, the Good News, that our souls were bought with a price, that we can never repay, by Jesus perfect life, his giving of himself for us, out of perfect love, that we might be rescued from ourselves, to a new life in him. Your word never returns empty, and YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS.
Notes from the John MacArthur study Bible.
1:7 beloved of God … called as saints. The Gr. text records these as 3 separate privileges: 1) God has set His love on His own ( 5:5 ; 8:35 ; Eph 1:6 ; 2:4 , 5 ; 1Jn 3:1 ); 2) He has extended to them not only the general, external invitation to believe the gospel ( Is 45:22 ; 55:6 ; Eze 33:11 ; Mt 11:28 ; Jn 7:37 ; Rev 22:17 ), but His effectual calling—or His drawing to Himself all those He has chosen for salvation ( 8:30 ; 2Th 2:13 , 14 ; 2Ti 1:9 ; see note on Jn 6:44 ); and 3) God has set believers apart from sin unto Himself, so that they are holy ones ( 1Co 3:16 , 17 ; 1Pe 2:5 , 9 ). Rome. See Introduction: Background and Setting. Grace … peace. Paul’s standard greeting ( 1Co 1:3 ; 2Co 1:2 ; Gal 1:3 ; Eph 1:2 ; Php 1:2 ; Col 1:2 ; 1Th 1:1 ; 2Th 1:2 ; 1Ti 1:2 ; 2Ti 1:2 ; Titus 1:4 ; Phm 3 ).