Salvation is a free gift from God available to all men. With the fall of Adam all men inherently became sinners without doing anything other than being born. With God being a holy God and man being sinful there needed to be a way for man to be reconciled to God, and Jesus became that Way. There are many scriptures that testify to the sacrifice Jesus made so we could become friends with God again, but the book of Romans has a complete layout revealing the state of man, why he needed a savior, how Jesus became that savior and what man had to do to accept the work Jesus did. Therefore that is why this group of verses is commonly called “The Romans Road.”
Romans 3:10 & 23
“As it is written, none is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no, not one (Psalm 14:3).”
“Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.”
There is no one who is righteous or holy in himself. We all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. All men have sinned. Every single human born on the face of this earth except Jesus was born in sin. That means we have missed the mark, we have disobeyed God. We were created for God’s glory (Rev. 4:11) and pleasure. When Adam sinned he brought the curse of sin upon all humans and it was that sin that separated us from fellowship and eternal life with God.
God is a holy God and so there is a penalty for sin. The fair payment for sin is death and God told Adam in the day that he ate from the forbidden tree he will surely die. He was immediately separated from God spiritually and likewise began to die naturally, which is the state of every unbeliever.
“For the wages which sin pays is death, but the (bountiful) free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.”
However, God offers the gift of salvation. A gift is not something to be earned like a wage. A gift is a favor from the One who is giving it and therefore we cannot earn our salvation. We need it but can’t earn it by working for it or purchasing it. We can’t even earn salvation by being “good.” This gift of salvation with the promise of eternal life was made possible by the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If we could buy our salvation there would be no need for the death of Jesus Christ. There is no other way to be reconciled to God other than through Jesus Christ (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5 & 6).
Romans 10:9, 10 & 13
“Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
“For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms (his) salvation.”
“For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord (invoking Him as Lord) will be saved (Joel 2:32)”
Salvation was costly to Jesus but is simple to us. It is a gift and cannot be earned, so by faith we just receive it. The bible says believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, that God raised Him from the dead and you are saved.
Believe sincerely with your heart and the word says that as long as you receive Him you have been given the right to become a child of God (John 1:12).
Today if you have honestly acknowledged your need of the savior Jesus, confessed with your lips that He is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are a child of God.
If you have made that step, I want to encourage you to read the gospel of John to become more familiar with the teachings of Jesus. If you do not have a bible leave me a comment below and I will send one to you. Start to enquire about becoming a part of a bible-believing church in your area where you can fellowship with other believers as you continue to grow with the Lord.
Welcome to the family of God!