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to all that be at Rome, darlings of God (Romans 1:7, Wycliffe New Testament, 1388).
Over six hundred years ago John Wycliffe, while translating the Greek Scriptures into English, rendered the phrase “darlings of God,” later more commonly translated “beloved of God.”
What a thought this must have been to the first readers of the Bible in their own English tongue, that they were the “darlings of God.”
Our English words “loved” and “beloved” are not identical in meaning. The prefix be- carries the meaning “completely, thoroughly, excessively.” Oxford states that the prefix be- “naturally intensifies the sense of the verb.”
We are beloved by God; “completely, thoroughly, excessively” loved of Father; intensely loved by Him. As Wycliffe rendered it, we are His “darlings.”
Now, how did this happen? Well, as we later learn through the revelation given to Paul, we have been “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). Being “in the beloved,” and finding our own acceptance of God there, we are thus also beloved! How could it be otherwise? That is why we are “the darlings of God.”
Father, speaking of His Son out of heaven, called Him, “My Darling” (Matthew 12:18, Wycliffe). Thus, now being in God’s Darling, we, too, are His darlings.
Never forget how intensely precious you are to Father. He could not possibly love you any more than He does. You are His darling.