SALVATION -The Road to Salvation (aka The Romans Road)
A Relationship with God – The Real Spiritual Dream
Jesus of Nazareth taught that true fulfillment comes through a relationship with God your creator and through loving the people of this world. That’s what the Christian life is all about—living out our spiritual dreams of worshiping the God of the universe and giving of ourselves to our friends and neighbors: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31)
Just because we each have a desire to worship and to love, does not mean we are able to actually love God and our neighbor. The problem is that you and I were conceived in rebellion and sin (Psalm 51:5). We want to do things our own way, to be in control. This problem has plagued the human race since our first parents fell into sin (Genesis 3), and you and I are no different in our nature.
How is Grace Possible?
When God’s Son, Jesus, died on the cross, He took all of our sin on Himself. Jesus lived a perfect life yet suffered the punishment for our sins, sins He did not commit. He broke Satan’s power over us. Because Jesus was fully God and fully human, the shedding of his blood meant complete forgiveness for the sins of believers’ and restoration into a new relationship. No more guilt, no more blindness. You and I are reconciled with God.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Romans 5:8-9)
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15)
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:3-5)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Sanctification: sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion – noun ˌsaŋ(k)-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən The state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion.
A daily walk comes out of a relationship that Jesus won for us. This relationship is a gift from God that we do not deserve
Step One: Repent
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
Repent: re·pent – verb ri-ˈpent – : to feel or show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you did and that you want to do what is rightA prayer of repentance: “Dear God in Heaven, I confess my willful rebellion against you. I have been in control of my own life. I freely desire to surrender my will. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Step Two: Confess your Faith
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 and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)
Confess: – con·fess – verb kən-ˈfes: to give evidence of Your: – your adjective yər, ˈyu̇r, ˈyȯr : relating to or belonging to youFaith: – 1faith noun ˈfāth – : strong belief or trust in someone or somethingA prayer of belief: “Dear God, I trust in you as my Lord and my Savior. I receive from you your gracious gift of an eternal salvation, a relationship of peace from you, won for me by Jesus Christ, when he suffered hell for me on the cross and when he rose again from the dead. I have been spiritually reborn as your child now. I desire to serve you. I belong to you body and soul! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Step Three: Walking in a Vital Relationship
Walk: – walk verb ˈwȯk to pursue a course of action or way of life : conduct oneself Vital: – vi·tal adjective ˈvī-təl : extremely importantRelationship: – re·la·tion·ship noun -shən-ˌship : the way in which two or more people or things are connected