6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
At first, we were about to just skim this verse and move on, but then we saw the jewel in the sentence. Before we talk about that, let’s think about what a Gentile was, at least in that time period.
First, this letter was addressed to the Roman church of the day. The Romans were Gentiles, worshiping pagan gods.
Second, Paul’s ministry was directed to the Gentiles, not the Jews. We should make the distinction here: Gentiles were those who were not Jews.
The Gentiles despised the true God, but even though they hated him, Jesus loved them so much that he even died for them. He didn’t die for great people we would find easy to love; he died for the very ones who nailed him to that cross.
Because of Christ’s great love, all who believe in him are children of God and belong to his family forever.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.