By Gary Silkenson
…explaining the way of salvation through Jesus Christ
Let’s talk about “The Romans Road”. Now this isn’t a super highway you could find in Italy today. And, it isn’t a road built by the Romans when they were conquering most of the world in Biblical times. Instead the Romans Road is a series of verses from the book of Romans in the New Testament as part of the Bible. These Bible verses explain the way of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The first verse is Romans 3:23: “ . . . FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD . . .” We all have a sin problem. Sin will cause us to be separated from God & in the end it will also cause us a Hell problem. Those people who don’t deal with their sin will have one Hell of a problem.
The next verse in the Romans Road is Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” So, there is a way out, & it’s free. We don’t have to work for our salvation. We can avoid that Hell problem. The question is; how do we do it, how do we escape the consequences of sin. The next verse tells us the answer.
Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in that we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. This is the way out, this is the solution. Christ died for us but we still have to do our part. Salvation is a gift, it’s a free gift, but we still have to do our part & accept that gift. So here’s how we do it:
Romans 10: 9 & 10: “. . . that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation”. As the next verse states, this opportunity is available to everyone.
Here’s the final verse, Romans 10:13: “. . . For “whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved”. This is God’s love in action. “Whoever” means everyone gets an invitation.
So, there it is, the Romans Road: The biblical way to salvation. If you haven’t made Jesus your Savior & Lord, the next step is up to you. You need to make a sincere profession of faith, an eternal commitment.
You take the first step by saying a simple prayer. Recognize you are a sinner. We are all sinners. Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God”. Confess your sins. You also need to be truly sorry that you have lived a life of disobedience that is offensive to God.
Next comes repentance; that means to turn away from your current sinful lifestyle & to start living a God-honoring life.
And, last comes regeneration. When you are born again the Holy Spirit comes into your life and helps you in your obedience and service to God. And this is life-long transformation continues as you study God’s word and develop a strong prayer life.
If you haven’t made Jesus your Savior & Lord, do it now. Today is the day of salvation. Here’s how to get started. Just say a short, simple prayer. Prayer is just talking with God. And this is a prayer you only need to say once, as long as you make a sincere profession of faith & follow through with action. So if you haven’t prayed this prayer before you need to do it now & pray it out loud.
If you are ready to make Jesus your Savior & Lord, here’s how to pray. “Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Savior & Lord. You died on the cross & arose from the grave so my sins would be forgiven, & I thank you. Thank you for your mercy & grace. I pray that you will give me eternal life & forgive my sins. Teach me the ways of God. Help me to be the kind of person you want me to be. I truly believe salvation means grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone.”
If you prayed this prayer for the first time, there are several things you need to do. Number one, you need to tell someone you have just prayed & accepted Jesus as your Savior & Lord. Also, start reading & studying God’s Word. And finally attend a bible-believing, bible-teaching church.
The “Roman Road” is a series of verses in the book of Romans, where the Apostle Paul shares key truths about salvation in Christ: Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10-18; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39)