The Gospel is often made into what people feel like or what their intuition says about what the Gospel means for them. This is not the case, and a very dangerous place to be. The Gospel of Jesus Christ CAN be found in the Bible, where we believe it is the inerrant word of God. So lets open our bibles to the letter Paul wrote to the Romans. Some people have coined this the “Romans Road to Salvation” because it is a great way to explain the good news of Jesus Christ! It is a simple way to go through the book and see why we need salvation, how our loving God provides salvation, and we ourselves can receive salvation and what we have to look forward to after salvation.
Romans 3:23 ” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:10-18 “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. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 “ but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9 “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 everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death”
Mark 1:15 “Repent and believe the good news!”
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.“
Romans 8:38-39 “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.”
We have all sinned. Everyone of us has done many things that are displeasing to God. There is not one person that has lived up to the holiness that God calls for but Christ as it states in Romans 3:10-18; it gives us a magnified view of what sin really looks like in our lives. The consequences of our sin is death, the punishment that we deserve for our sins is death… and not just physical death but eternal spiritual death as well! But there is hope because Christ died for us! We can be thankful and humble because by Jesus giving His life on the cross, His blood paid for our sins. When Jesus rose from the grave, it showed that God approved of Jesus’ death to be the payment for our sins. Because of Christ’s death on our behalf, what is left for us is to believe in Him and trusting that His death was the payment for our sins, and we will be recused from eternally death and separation from God. Through Jesus, we can have communion and peace with God, and we will never be condemned for our sins. Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, “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.” Please read the entirety Romans to get more a more in depth understanding.
What Does it Mean to be a Christian?
Marks of the True Christian
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Abiding in Christ will produce the fruit of the Spirit and striving to abide in His love, and prove that you are His disciple then God will be glorified. Being a Christian is about glorifying the Heavenly Father. As MacArthur states, “The committed Christian is preoccupied and absorbed with his Lord’s glory. The very purpose for which we exist is to give glory to God, so it is right that this is the first mark of a committed Christian. He is concerned only with living to give glory to God. He’s not concerned about himself. He’s not preoccupied with his own glory. He’s not worried about what brings honor to him. He’s not on a popularity binge. He’s not trying to climb the ladder, to get something bigger and better for himself. Not only is the committed disciple preoccupied with his Lord’s glory, but he also is filled with His love. Perhaps this distinguishing mark of the committed Christian is the most significant of all in terms of practical living. The life of a committed Christian may be costly, but it is the only kind of life that really counts for eternity.”Life of a committed Christian may be costly, but it is the only kind of life that really counts… Click To Tweet
Are you yearning to commit your life to Christ? If so, here is a prayer you 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 of themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation!
“Lord, I know that I am a sinner and I have sinned against you. I am deserving of punishment and eternal separation from you. But your belovéd Son, Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Christ, I could be forgiven. With You, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful mercy, grace and forgiveness, as well as the gift of eternal life! in Jesus’ name Amen!”
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