I’ve been reading through the book of Romans in my quiet time this week. Romans 8 is probably my favorite chapter in the whole Bible – so much great stuff in there! But I was also reminded as I read through it of a simple way to explain salvation and the core message of the Bible called “The Romans Road.” The next time you are in a position to explain the gospel to someone, this is a great outline – I have marked these verses in my Bible so that I can easily find them when the situation arises. If you are not sure that you will go to heaven when you die and want to know Jesus, take a quick trip down the Romans Road with me.
#1: Everybody has fallen short of God’s standard. This is called sin.
Romans 3:10: “None is righteous, no, not one;”
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:12: “For just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”
God is holy. In Him there is no darkness at all. In fact, the Bible teaches that He cannot look on sin. Most people consider themselves to be “pretty good” people, but the Bible teaches that even one “little” sin disqualifies us from a relationship with a holy God. James 2:10 says “whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”
#2: Sin puts us under a sentence of death. BUT, God made a way.
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sin is serious stuff. Disobedience to an infinite eternal God deserves an infinite eternal consequence. God shows us His character and his laws in his creation, the world around us. He has also written his laws in our hearts (on our conscience.) He has also given us his Word the Bible. No good judge would let the guilty go free, the criminal go unpunished. Neither can a holy righteous God allow sinful man to go unpunished. But because God loved us, He has provided a way of escape by sending his only son to die in our place.
#3: The penalty for our sin is death and God’s wrath but Christ lived a sinless life and took the wrath of God upon Himself as He died on the cross.
Romans 5:8: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus paid a debt he did not owe (although he was sinless, he took the punishment) because we owed a debt we could not pay. Since Jesus has paid the penalty for our sin, we can be forgiven and be treated as righteous by God.
#4: How do you accept this free gift of salvation?
Romans 10:9-10: “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.”
Romans 10:13: “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
If you believe in your heart that Jesus came, was killed, and rose again as the substitute for your sin and you accept Him as the Lord of your life, you accept the free gift of salvation and the price of sin is paid in full. Making Him Lord means that you turn away from sin and live according to His Word to the best of your ability. This turning away from sin is called “repentance.”
#5: What does this new life in Christ look like?
Romans 5:1: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
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.”
When Christ is our Lord, we are free from all of the shame and guilt of sin and ready to live the abundant life he promises.
I hope that this Romans road is useful to you and that you have the opportunity to share it with someone who needs it. For more information on giving your life to Christ, you can click this link.