To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints . . . .
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together will all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours . . . .
To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia . . . .
To the churches of Galatia . . . .
To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus . . . .
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons . . . .
To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae . . . .
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ . . . .
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ . . . .
To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith . . . .
To Timothy, my beloved child . . . .
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion . . . .
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood . . . .
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ . . . .
The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever . . . .
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth . . . .
To those who are called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ . . . .
John to the seven churches that are in Asia . . . .
-Rom 1:7; 1Cor 1:2; 2Cor 1:1; Gal 1:2; Eph 1:1; Phil 1:1; Col 1:2; 1Thess 1:1; 2Thess 1:1; 1Tim 1:2; 2Tim 1:2; Jas 1:1; 1Peter 1:1-2; 2Peter 1:1; 2John 1:1-2; 3John 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 1:4.
To all those who are looking forward to the return of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach:
Looking at the salutations in the New Testament, we can see how the earliest communities of believers were viewed by the authors of the texts, and by one and other.
Taking all the meanings and nuances of the Greek as interpreted by Vines and others, the use of the terms “saints” and “church/churches” in English should translate out of the Greek literally as salutations to ‘the called out ones separated from sin and consecrated to God’. Our modern usage of the terms ‘saints and church/churches’ rarely captures the original sense of the Greek but more often than not makes one think of martyred believers and organizations of believers.
In thinking about it, you could ask yourself whether or not you are a ‘called out one separated from sin and consecrated to God’? This is an important question to ask yourself because your own answer will let you know exactly where you stand in your perceived relationship with God. Why do you need to check where you stand? Paul reminds us to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil 2:12).
It never hurts to take your temperature.
The Lord is coming!