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The Book of Romans contains a series of verses that explain God’s plan of Salvation for man. “The Romans Road” as it is frequently called is a simple yet powerful method of explaining:
o Why we need salvation
o How God Provided Salvation
o How we can be saved from our sins and have eternal life with God.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
We have all sinned. Every one of us falls short of God’s glory and His plan for us. Read Through Romans 3:10-18 for more information.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Because of our sin, we are separated from God. We cannot know eternal life except through Him.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This verse finishes what is started in Romans 6:23. For our purposes here, visualize your sin as deep, black, wide crevice or fissure in the Earth before you. When you look across the divide, you can see your goal. God is waiting there for you. Your sin is keeping your from Him. As you stand on the edge if you look left or right you cannot see the ends. If you look down, you cannot see the bottom. The gap is insurmountable for you, but Jesus Christ died for you! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins. Jesus’ death is the bridge that will span your sin and return you to God.
Romans 10:9, “…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Jesus died on the cross for you and me. As such, all we have to do is believe in Him. You must have faith that Christ’s blood was shed for you and you will be saved! Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. He bridged the gap. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When you ask God to forgive your sins, you have been washed clean. The stain of sin is no longer on you.
Romans 6:10-18 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
While generally not included in the “Roman’s Road” I believe these verses are crucial to the salvation story. While believing in Jesus and what he did is essential. Repentance is necessary. You must turn from your sin and pursue holiness and obedience. You cannot claim Christ and still lead a life of sin. It is impossible. You will still sin, but you must diligently pursue righteousness.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Please know that accepting Jesus as your Personal Savior is not just about Eternal Life.
Peace with God means that you have a relationship with Him both here on Earth and eternally in Heaven. You can now walk with Him and be in tune with the plan that He has for you. You have been forgiven and now you are being restored to the life He has for you while you walk this Earth.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that your life with God will be like living on easy street. You will face challenges and trials. In fact, you may face more challenges now that you have accepted Christ. Now you are a threat to Satan. When you were lost in your sin, Satan had you where he wanted you. Now that you are a child of God, Satan wants you back. He certainly wants to make sure you don’t share what God is doing in your life.
If you want to accept Christ as your personal savior, you have to pray and ask God to forgive your sins. You have to willingly invite him to live in your heart. You need to confess your sins and admit that you are sinful by nature. The words must be yours. Your heart must be right. Take time to read through the verses outlined above. Seek the counsel of other Christ followers. If you have questions, please leave a comment. If you have accepted Christ, please let me know so I can pray for you. Also, if you have accepted Christ please look at the page titled “what do I do next.” There you will find an article that will get you started on your journey with God.