The Romans Road, Pt. 3

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

What Can Be Done About Our Sin

For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Romans 5:6-8

In the last two days, we have looked at verses in the book of Romans that show us that we are all sinners and that the wages of that sin is death.  If we were to stop there, mankind would truly be in a sad condition.  If we were all sinners and were all doomed to continue in and pay for that sin, we would be miserable and without hope.  Fortunately, that is not where things end.

We come to Romans 5:8, “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  God loves us.  But God is also holy.  Something must be done about our sin if we are to have fellowship with Him.  God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin.

One of the most famous verses in the Bible is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

We are not perfect, but Jesus is.  And He became the perfect sacrifice for us and for our sin.  We can do nothing about our sin, but Jesus has done everything to take them away.  The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid those wages on the cross.  What a wonderful Saviour!

The Romans Road, Pt. 2

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

The Consequence of Sin

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

We saw yesterday the fact that we are all sinners.  We saw that none of us are righteous and that we have all sinned.  Because we have all fallen “short of the glory of God,” we need salvation and we need a Saviour.  But that brings up the question: “what do we need to be saved from?” and “what is so bad about sin and/or being a sinner?”  These are the questions that are answered by this verse.

“For the wages of sin is death…”

That is a very simple and powerful statement.  Wages are things that we receive for work that we have done.  Just as we go to our jobs to collect our wages at the end of the week, so at the end of our lives will we collect our “wages” for what we have done while we lived on this earth.  Sadly, since we are all sinners, those wages are “death.”  “Death” in this case does not mean simply a physical death.  It refers to the “second death,” or spiritual death and hell itself.

That is a terrible fate for any man or woman, but that is the fate of all those who refuse the Saviour.  “For the wages of sin is death…”  We need to always be mindful of that truth.

The Romans Road, Pt. 1

I am going to be away from the computer this week, so I am posting a series on what is commonly called “the Romans Road” to salvation.  It is a series of verses from the book of Romans dealing with sin, guilt, and, most importantly, salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment.

Who Needs Salvation?

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Romans 3:10-12, 23

The simplest answer to the question “who needs to be saved” is this: everyone.  Every single one of us is in desperate need of a Saviour.  The great issue of life is this: sin and righteousness.  Sin is anything that goes against the laws of God.  Righteousness is the opposite of sin.  As it tells us in verse 23, “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  All of us have sinned.  None of us are perfect.  God’s righteousness demands absolute perfection and we all miss that mark by a long shot.

We are all, in our natural state, separated from God.  We are all sinners by birth and sinners by choice.  We all need a Saviour.  The Bible could not be more clear on this matter.  I believe that the more important something is, the easier God makes it to understand.  Over and over again we are told that there is “none righteous.”  And, if we somehow don’t understand that, God immediately repeats Himself – “no, not one.”

We are all sinner and we all need a Saviour.  Understanding this is the first step toward accepting that Saviour!

 

 

Only Once You Pass This Way (Hymn)

Only Once You Pass This Way
Johnson Oatman, Jr.

Do your best while life’s pilgrim way you tread,
Scattering sunshine while you may;
Bear in mind, while the precious seed you spread,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain
Only once you pass this way,
Only once you pass this way;
Be a blessing while you may,
Only once you pass this way.

Every day poor and needy you will find,
Filled with sorrow and dismay;
Do your best some poor, broken hearts to bind,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

Tell the world that the Savior died for all,
Bid them ever watch and pray;
Lift your voice, shout aloud the Gospel call,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

Be a brave, earnest soldier in the strife,
Then when comes the close of day,
May the world be the better for your life,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

I enjoy this old hymn because of the important truth it makes us think of.  It is true that “only once we pass this way.”  This is the only life here on earth that we are going to get.  It is important to do all that we can for the Lord while it lasts.  It is important for us to remember the words of the refrain of this hymn: Only once you pass this way; Be a blessing while you may, only once you pass this way.”  What are we doing today?  Have we lived up to “May the world be the better for your life…?”  If not, let us get to work being a blessing!

Saturday Psalm (4)

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?  Selah.

Psalm 4:1-2

The first verse in this Psalm is typical of the Psalms.  The Psalmist asks God to hear him when he calls.  He tells God that He has helped him before when he needed it.  He asks for mercy and for answered prayer.  Those are common themes throughout the Psalms and are likely common themes in all of our prayers.

The second verse is the one we will look at today.  The writer turns his attention from the Lord to the “sons of men.”  He speaks directly to the people on behalf of the Lord and asks them “how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?”  “Leasing” is an archaic word that simply means “the act of lying.”

Why do people turn the glory of the Lord into shame?  Why do they love vanity?  And why do they lie so often?  When will they stop doing those things?  Those are good questions for us to think about.

People do “turn the glory of the Lord into shame.”  Everywhere you turn, people are taking the things that God has given them and blessed them with, and using them for all the wrong reasons.

People do love vanity.  Think about what most people spend their lives chasing after.  Most people spend their lives on things that really don’t matter.  Most people, after 70 or 80 years on earth, have really just wasted their time, following after vanity.

And we all know that lying is everywhere.

How long will these things last?  The answer is simple.  They will last until a person allows Jesus to run their life or until Jesus returns.  But they should not last even a day in our lives.  We must be on guard against them at all times!

Not By The Law

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:19-20

There are many people alive today who think that all they need to do to get to Heaven is to “be a good person.”  They think that, somewhere, there is some “scale of justice” on which all of their deeds, good and bad, will be placed.  And as long as their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds, then they will be ok.  Other people take this concept a little further and believe that as long as they follow the Ten Commandments, they will be ok.  But neither of those things is going to be enough.

These verses tell us that the law is there so that “…every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”  They tell us that “…by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.”  The law is there to show us just how far short we fall.  And, if the law of the Old Testament wasn’t enough, Jesus came and raised the bar for obedience.  The law says not to kill or commit adultery.  But Jesus said that if we hate our brother or look upon a woman with lust in our hearts, we have already committed those sins in our hearts.  The law is there to show us our sin and show us how bad it truly is.  But the law cannot save us – it can only make us guilty.

We need something else to take our sin away and, thankful, we have just that in the person of Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful Saviour!

A Description of Man

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Romans 3:12-18

This is a terrible list, full of terrible ways to describe man.  But this is a description of natural man.  It is a description of the heart of man without the Lord Jesus Christ, and what a sad description it is!

Man is here described as having a deceitful and poisonous tongue.  How many people have been hurt or even had their lives destroyed simply by the tongue of another person?  How often has gossip destroyed a family, a friendship or a church?  Man’s tongue, when not submitted to the Lord, is a dangerous thing indeed.

Man is here described as having feet that are “swift to shed blood.”  And those feet take them in the way of “destruction and misery.”  They take them far away from the paths of peace that the Lord Jesus offers us.  In fact, in his natural state, man does not even know peace.  We can see this path of destruction and misery through the pages of history and through observing the world around us.

Man is here described as having “no fear of God before their eyes.”  They don’t seek God.  They don’t love God.  They don’t fear God.  Often, they don’t even acknowledge God.

These are all things that are descriptive of those who do not know God.  Let them never be descriptive of those of us who do know God!

 

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