The ‘Romans Road’ to Salvation (We Need Jesus)


I want to take you through what is referred to as the ‘Romans Road’, several verses from Paul’s letter to the Romans that highlight our condition, as well as the remedy through Jesus Christ — and there’s hope through Jesus! I just pray these three words sink in from this video — “We Need Jesus,” We need Jesus! Very very simple, but SO true, and we can read this, and have our blinders on and totally miss that point, but we need Jesus, and I pray again that this is applied to your life! First Stop: Romans 3:10 – “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.” No, not one! Isaiah shows us that our righteousness before God — the ‘good’ things we do — are as filthy rags before Him. Jeremiah shows us that our state is, ‘Desperately wicked’ Our hearts are desperately wicked, and who can know their depths? So we’re in a miserable state. The next verses in Romans 3 (verses 11-18) also state that our throats are as open tombs, It’s as if we have the poison of snakes underneath our lips, as well as our mouths are full of cursing and bitterness, Our feet are swift to shed blood, We’re prone to running after sin, and we need to hate sin in our own lives. But it’s our state. Who is guilty of sin? …and what is sin? Well, first, sin is disobeying God’s commands It’s literally an archery term, where if we miss the bullseye by even a little bit, that’s sin — missing the mark! So we’re missing the mark of obeying God’s commands when we sin. We’re doing what is hateful in His sight! Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned,” (we’re all guilty) “and fall short of the glory of God.” We CAN be justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is IN Jesus Christ. Paul comforts the believers in Rome (his audience) in this way, but our state is that we’re all guilty of sin. Our next stop — Romans 6:23 — what’s the penalty for sin? It reads, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The penalty — the wages — the payment for sin is death, and spiritual death. Whenever we sin, it separates us from God, and we need to repent! In Romans 5:8…even though we do these things — we sin — God still shows us His love. We are referred to as His ‘enemies’ in the context of sin in Romans 5:10, separated from God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 even states that our blinders are on without the Gospel shining on us. We can’t even SEE our wickedness or its depth without the light of Jesus shining on us. Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners,” (His enemies, 5:10) “Christ died for us.” That amazing love that Romans 5 talks about… Maybe for a ‘good’ man or a righteous man, someone might consider dying, but who would actually do it for real? But here we have Jesus actually doing it — being a sacrifice for our sins. Hebrews 9:22 states, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission [of sins].” And Jesus came to die in our place. The penalty for sin was death, and He took our place. Praise God! Romans 10:9-10, our next stop on this Romans Road ‘tour’ — “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 it is with the heart that one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” This is what the Apostles were preaching! This was the message — the tenets of the faith. Paul notes this earlier in Romans 10 — this was the general message. We see Peter preaching through the start of Acts early on in the Early Church, That as a result of these miracles that the Lord was working through the Holy Spirit — The Tongues in Acts 2, the healing in Acts 3…continually doing works and wonders and signs in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Pretty awesome — as a result of these miracles, Peter had large crowds and preached, That Jesus was the Messiah — the ‘Chosen One’ of God — the Christ, Who has come to save the people from the sins that they were guilty of. We also see that Peter was preaching that Jesus was crucified at the hands of lawless men, and we are guilty — our sins nailed Him there, so again — hate sin! Peter also preached that Jesus was exalted by God the Father — God our Savior providing His Son, Reaching down, again, to ENEMIES, so that they might become His friends. Peter’s application – We need to repent! We need to turn away from our sins, and we need to believe and trust in Jesus, putting our faith in Him for Salvation. So remember: We Need Jesus! One day, “Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord” and that’s to the glory of God the Father. But will you be willing? Or unwilling? That’s where I pray that you are willing, and that you see all that Jesus is — all the wonders of who He is. We can have assurance if we’re on the willing side. Romans 5:1-2 – “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and we can be made partakers of that grace through Him. Romans 8:1 shows us that there is “no condemnation” for those who are in Christ Jesus, who are walking according to His Spirit. And Romans 8:38-39 — what can separate us from the love of God? “Neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So, ‘Are You Willing?’ Do you know Jesus? Because we need Jesus! If not, again, we need Jesus! We need to repent, we need to turn away from our sins, and we need to believe in Jesus and cherish Him, because He is the “author and finisher of our faith” — the perfecter of our faith. We need our focus on Him, and we need Jesus. I pray that this sinks in — that you choose to follow Jesus, you find Him, you do not rebel against Him, but at that day when we all bow, that you may do that willingly, and with the knowledge that you have been redeemed and been made to be at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you, and have a great week! Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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