“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)
Dearly beloved, last week we took a look at guaranteeing our eternal security and the promise that awaits those who by faith put their trust in Jesus. We also learnt that not everyone will go to heaven except for those who have accepted the Lord as their Saviour. Salvation is faith by grace through Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2: 8-9).
So, have you made a decision to share the message of salvation to some one? Are you saved? This week, we will be taking a look at how we can effectively share the gospel of the Lord Jesus with others. We will be taking a look at “The Romans Road to Salvation”— a tool which should make it easier to sharing the good news.
What is “The Romans Road to Salvation”?
It is a way of explaining the good news of salvation using verses from the Book of Romans. It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what the results of salvation are.
The first verse on the Romans Road to Salvation is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Explanation: We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. We are all guilty of sin. Other than Jesus Christ, there is no one who has lived an entire life without sinning (Ecclesiastes 7:20). A detailed picture of what our sins looks like is found in Romans 3:10-18:
0 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside;
they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.”[a] 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; [b] “The poison of asps is under their lips”; [c] 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[d] 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 and the way of peace they have not known.”[e] 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[f]
The second verse on the Romans Road to Salvation is Romans 6:23. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Explanation: It teaches us about the consequences of sin. The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!
The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Explanation: Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins.
The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is 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.”
Explanation: Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Explanation: Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins.
Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Sinner’s Prayer
Would you like to follow the Romans Road to salvation? Would you want to lead someone to salvation?
If so, here is a simple prayer you / they can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation!
“God, I know that I have sinned against you and I’m deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”
Until next week
The Saving Grace
…with Akpene Sabah (firstname.lastname@example.org)