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Jesus In Romans …. Our Salvation …… May 20, 2018

     For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 ESV

     I have heard it said that there are many ways to heaven; but according to scripture, this is not a true statement. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 ESV I have a statement that I make concerning things that are clearly taught in the Bible, and this statement is, “It is God’s idea.” As a loving father, raising my children, there were things that were my idea, and I expected my children to abide by what I taught them. My ideas were not self centered but for the purpose of protecting and keeping them from harm. As their father I had wisdom and insight that my young child did not have. So it is in a greater way with our heavenly Father. God protects and leads us in a way that is for our good, but he does not waver from His ideas nor direction. It was for our good that Jesus, his only Son, would come and die in our place, providing the way of salvation. It was God’s idea, and to say there is another way is to say, “I have a better idea than God,” thus making yourself your own god. That, as I have taught before, is exactly what Adam and Eve did in the garden. (Genesis 3) Desiring to be like God, they acted on their own idea instead of listening to God, and the result cost them, us, and ultimately God, dearly. God, like a loving Father, acted on our behalf by sending his Only Son to pay the consequence of our sin. This, again, was and is God’s idea. Saying there is another way is to reject God’s provision of forgiveness for our sin and disobedience. God, in his ultimate wisdom, gave us a road map to find our way back to him. Back to the relationship enjoyed before it was stolen away by the sin of disobedience. This map, referred to and used by many, is called the “Roman Road” as revealed in the book of Romans. Let us travel today with this map called the Roman Road, using God’s idea for a man to find the destination….. arriving at eternal life.

Let us begin at the beginning point, or as referred to on a GPS, your current location, if you are lost.

Everyone needs salvation…
     None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Romans 3:10-12 ESV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 ESV

The cost of sin
     For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 ESV

The Price paid
     God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us. Romans 5:8 ESV

Direction of Eternal Life Accepted
     If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10 ESV …… For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13 ESV

Salvation in Jesus
     Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 ESV

     There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 ESV

     For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 ESV

     Remember, this is not a formula leading to Salvation; this is a road map. But this I know; the Bible is full of promises from God, and one promise in scripture is this: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 ESV If you are a person who has already found eternal life by the way of Jesus, pray that God will use you as a road map leading others to this precious life in Christ. If you have never received Jesus as the way back to relationship with God and ultimately eternal life, then follow the road map and seek him with all your heart, for he isn’t hiding from you. Seek and you will find.

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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