Bible Scriptures - To whom addressed?
I would think that most know that the books of the Bible, for example the Pauline epistles, are addressed to specific groups pf people or individuals .... cp.:
1Thess 1:1 (AV)
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Or this one:
Röm 1:1,7 (AV)
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
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.
or this one:
1Tim 1:1-2 (AV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, [which is] our hope;
Unto Timothy, [my] own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
However, despite such clear textual evidence, Christians of all kinds of Christian denominational backgrounds often claim that the Scriptures are addressed to them today ... can such be correct? Or doe such an idea or belief cause false understandings and false interpretations?
I would think that there must be a clear distinction made between "understanding/interpretation" and "application" .... what are others' thoughts and considerations regarding this matter?