Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Roman Road to Salvation~

"For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."  
                                                    - Romans 10:13
How You Can Know God's Love

"There is a God in Heaven who loves you as you are and not as you should be."

Yes... you are right... there is a God. You know that must be true. The heart of
the human being longs for God, and logic demands divine existence.

While everyone believes God is... most sense separation from God. We
know God must be holy and good. We see ourselves as unholy and not good.
We conclude that God is angry with us and we cannot know Him.

Good News! This Testament of God's love is His Word to tell us that He loves
us as we are. That love will save us from our sin and make us what we should
be as God's children.

John 3:16
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

We hear Jesus say, "God so loved the world." God's love has no limitations.
He loves "so". More than we can imagine. He loves everyone - not just
some ones.

Romans 5:8 tells us that God loved us so that "when we were in our sin
Christ Jesus came to die for us."

Romans 3:23
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

This verse tells us that all people have sinned. We have fallen short of
God's intended purpose for us. God made us to know Him.... to receive His
love and to love him in return.

For love to be love... for God to be God... and for humans to be humans....
God gave us a choice. We can choose to love ourselves and turn to our
selfish pursuits. That is sin. In our sin we cannot know God and His love.
The result of sin is that we are lost... separated from God.

Romans 6:23
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord."

Wages are just payment... due reward... what one has coming because of
labor. The just payment for our sin is death.

Death here means spiritual insensitivity. When we are still in our sin, we
have no life with God. We are alive physically but dead spiritually. If we
continue in that condition, we will be separated from God for all eternity.

The wages of sin is death. but God's free gift is eternal life. While wages
are earned, a gift is offered... no strings attached. God says He will give us
eternal life - life with Him - in the place of sin's payment of death.

How can God remain true to His holiness and forgive unholy sinners?
Because Jesus, His Son, has paid the price for sin by His death on the cross.

Second Corinthians 5:21 says, "He who knew no sin became sin for us, that
we may be made the righteousness of God through Him."

Jesus arose from the grave to conquer sin and death for all who receive Him
as God's free gift.

How can you receive God's free gift of love and life?

Romans 10:9-10
"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a
person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he
confesses, resulting in salvation."

A person receives God's free gift of love and life by placing faith in Jesus
Christ. To believe is simply to take God at His word. With our heart
(whole believing) we believe that Jesus is God's Son who died for our sin
on the cross and arose from the grave to live in us as Savior and Lord.

To believe in Jesus will result in confessing that faith with one's mouth.

Do you acknowledge that your are a sinner?

Do you believe by faith that Jesus, God's Son, died for your sin on the cross?

Will you now confess Him as your Savior and Lord?

Romans 10:13
"for Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

This verse says that any person who will call upon the name of Jesus,
the Lord, shall be saved.

To call means simply to ask in prayer. The verse does not require one to
know more... do better... clean up one's life... or in any way try to add to
what Jesus has done for us.

Will you now call upon Jesus to save you from your sin so that you
can know God's love and forgiveness?

Pray like this: "Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner, and I am sorry. I need
a Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I believe by faith that Jesus, your
Son, died on the cross to be my Savior. I believe He arose from the grave
to live as my Lord. I turn from my sin. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive my
sin and come into my heart. I trust you as my Savior and receive you as
my Lord. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me."

When anyone calls on the Lord in this manner, that one is saved according
to God's Word
. If you pray a prayer of repentance and faith, you are saved.
You have God's word on it.

If you have prayed this prayer to receive Christ as your Lord and Savoir, why
not record your decision to follow Jesus as follows. Often times, a good place
to write this would be inside the cover of your bible:

Believing by faith that God loves me and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die
for my sin and arise from the grave to live in me, I, _______, do this day,
 ________, repent of my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord
and Savior. According to the promise of God in Romans 10:13, I have
called upon His name and have His word for the assurance of my salvation. 
Do you need to speak to someone about questions you may have? If so, contact Need Him Ministries at 1-888-NEEDHIM (1-888-633-3446). To view the Need Him Channel at YouTube visit us online.

Adapted from "The Covenant of God's Love" by Richard Jackson, Jackson Center for
Evangelism, P.O. Box 99, Brownwood, Texas 76804, with permission. (c) 2000.
The Christian Net Group would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Richard Jackson
 for his inspiring idea to use the book The Covenant of God's Love to share the good news
of Jesus Christ. Dr. Jackson, may God richly bless you and your ministry.

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (R), Copyright (c) 1960,
1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

1 comment:


    If Jonesville and Smithtown are actually 20 miles apart and a road sign is erected that states they are 20 miles apart, would it not be confusing to erect EXTRA-ROAD SIGNS listing various mileage distances between the two towns?

    If an extra-road sign stated that Jonesville and Smithtown are 6 miles apart, it could be a honest error or a lie. It could not be the truth!

    If multiple erroneous extra-road signs are erected, it can block your view of the correct road sign.

    God has given us the true road sign to acquire salvation and live the Christian life. The Christian road sign is the Bible and the Bible alone. Why would anyone want to construct or rely on EXTRA-ROAD SIGNS?

    John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;

    Jesus did not mention searching any EXTRA-BIBLICAL sources.

    Extra-Biblical sources that have various and sundry directions to find salvation will have a high possibility of leading down the wrong road. STAY ON THE STRAIGHT NARROW ROAD BY USING GOD'S ROAD MAP, THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE.

    Do the writings of the church fathers and historians confirm that Jesus was the Son of God? Do their records confirm the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Do these writings give the correct view to the terms of salvation? Are the doctrines of God confirmed by Pope Clement I, St. Polycarp, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Ignatius, or the Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus? Unless what these men said is found in the Scriptures it is of no value in confirming the truth about God. EXTRA-BIBLICAL sources are not inspired by God and are not considered to be Scripture.

    If extra-Biblical sources are a valid way to confirm and support doctrinal positions, then, the writings of the following persons should be an acceptable source for truth: Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith Jr, Billy Graham, Rev. Sung Young Moon, Jim Jones, Charles Taze Russell, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, John Calvin, Confucius, Martin Luther, Ron L. Hubbard, T. D. Jakes etc.

    It is easy to find EXTRA-BIBLICAL writings to confirm or support pet doctrinal positions; however, they are not God breathed and have no validity whatsoever.

    Would you want to use the extra-Biblical writings of the Pharisees to validate your doctrinal views?

    Jesus speaking of the Pharisees said: Mark 7:7 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'

    Would the extra-Biblical writings of the Judaizers be the proper information source to be used to confirm or support a doctrinal position?

    The apostle Paul speaking about the Judaizers said: Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

    Would you look to the extra-Biblical writings of Hymenaeus and Philetus to gain support for your doctrinal positions?

    The apostle Paul writing to Timothy said: Timothy 2:17-18 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.

    If extra-Biblical writings are not synonymous with the word of God, then, they are void of the truth.

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God....



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