In Romans, He's the Grace of God
A Simple Summary
Paul, the author of the book of Romans, wrote Romans while he was in Corinth in circa 57 Ad, while Nero had only been three years into his reign as Emperor of the Roman Empire . During this time, the Church, in Rome, was experiencing a somewhat peaceful time of existence, though they need a stronger stand in basic foundational Gospel doctrine. As such, the book of Romans is seen as giving a clear, precise, and orderly presentation of this basic foundational Gospel doctrine.
The world, at the time was full of observable sinfulness, much as it is seen even today. Paul conveyed to all who listened to, or read, his letters that such open rebellion of God would be met with God's perfect justice. But, should the sinner ask for God's forgiveness and repent from their perverse ways, God would graciously give justification by faith in His Son, Jesus. And, then, after being justified, we receive redemption through the work of death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus on the cross. However, our pursuit of a right relationship with God does not end merely at the gift of salvation, we then become sanctified, or are made holy, as we walk in His will through our obedience to Him.
Thus, we have a clear, precise, and orderly presentation of how a person can be saved.
The Romans Road
One of the biggest lies that the enemy will have you believe is that salvation is unattainable. If you have not yet asked God for the forgiveness of your sins, and have not received your free gift of salvation, I encourage you to do so now. Read through the following steps, and give of your life to God. It is absolutely, by far the best, act you can ever do for yourself!
Read the steps below that outline for you God's free gift of salvation for you. These verses tell why you need salvation, of God's plan for salvation, of how to receive salvation, of God's promise of eternal life and of the results of salvation. These passages, and the study of them, is commonly known as "The Romans Road to Salvation."
Acknowledge that God is God
The first step is acknowledging that God is God. God is the Creator of all living creatures, including man, including me, including you.
Romans 1:20-21--"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."
You must also realize that you are a sinner. You need forgiveness; we all need forgiveness.
Romans 3:23--"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
God Makes a Way
Praise God now and forever more; He gave us a way to come back to Him, a way to enter again into a right relationship with Him.
Romans 5:8--"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Acceptance of the Precious Gift
That way is Jesus. Accepting Jesus is your choice. If you choose to accept this wonderful Gift, you will have eternal life, choosing to reject this Gift will send you into an eternal separation from God, or a spiritual death.
Romans 6:23--"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
A Whole Confession
Once you've accepted what Jesus alone provide, you must confess openly with your life, heart, mind, body, and soul that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. You must believe that Jesus died for you, to provide you with forgiveness of sin, and then rose again from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of Father.
Romans 10:9-10--"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess you are saved."
Call on the Name of Jesus Christ
To believe there is a religious formulas that you can use to calculate the saving grace of God, or to chant some ritualistic mantra, is to believe wrong. There is only one name on which to call on, and that is the name of Jesus Christ. Call on the name of Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:13--"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord [Jesus, the Christ] will be saved."
Christ is Lord
Every day brings a new outpouring of the Lord in your life. Let Jesus lead, surrender your will, your wants and needs. Give glory to God for all things.
Romans 11:36--"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen."
Stand Your Ground
- "Mankind has been fighting an enemy since time, as we know it, began; Revelation 12:9--"...that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the world astray. ..." Our response to this enemy to fight him head on or to flee from him as quick and as fast as we can."
This is a book that I wrote and uploaded to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). In this book, I have compiled chapters on why we must stand and fight, and then there are chapters on who we're fighting, the lies and deceits that the enemy uses, and how to counter those lies. It is in this book that I list the steps needed to be taken while on "The Roman Road to Salvation".
You can download this book to your own Kindle device, or if you don't have a Kindle e-reader, you can download the Kindle E-reader app straight from Amazon. The book is currently listed at the sale price of 99¢.
I also have four other books listed that you might find interesting:
- In the Crucible: From Hurting to Healing
- Can you hear Him knocking? a study on the gates of Jerusalem
- From God's Order to Man's Chaos to God's Order
You can type in any of the book titles at amazon.com, or my name, Shirley Johnson. Please note, I am not the only Shirley Johnson listed, so I advice you to search with the names of the books. Thank you, in advance.
In 1 and 2 Corinthians, Paul continues with his discussions regarding spiritual doctrine, he delves into the ethical problems that seem to be hardening the Christians in the Corinthian church. Paul address the Corinthian church in matters of the significance of a new life in Christ, as well as their spiritual gifts and Christian love.