My Personal "Walk" Down the Romans Road - it took me 39 years!
THE DREADFUL DILEMMA
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|GOD'S WORD DESCRIBING
OUR NEED FOR AND
THE WAY OF SALVATION
John 3:3, 3:36
1Jn 5:10,11, 12, 13+
Indeed, there is "not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins." (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS arises partly from pride but mainly from ignorance of God's Law. It is because men know little or nothing concerning the terrible character of the divine Law, that they foolishly imagine themselves to be righteous. They are not aware of the deep spirituality, and the stern severity of the Law, or they would have other and wiser notions. Once let them know how strictly the Law deals with the thoughts, how it brings itself to bear upon every emotion of the inner man, and there is not one creature beneath God's heaven who would dare to think himself righteous in God's sight in virtue of his own deeds and thoughts. Only let the Law be revealed to a man; let him know how strict the Law is, and how infinitely just, and his self-righteousness will shrivel into nothing—it will become a filthy rag in his sight, whereas before he thought it to be a goodly garment. (From Secret Sins by C H Spurgeon)
|Not by Good Works
Titus 3:3 4 5 6+
Ro 3:20+ Ro 3:28+
|For Good Works
Eph 2:8, 9+
Ps 53:1, 2, 3+
Jn 3:16, 17, 18
2 Cor 5:17+
2 Pe 1:4+
Then he (Abram) believed in the LORD and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6, cp Gal 3:8, 16, Acts 16:31+)
HERE IS THE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) GOD GIVES SINFUL MEN TO BELIEVE IN THAT THEY MIGHT LIVE FOREVER WITH HIM...
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins (2 Co 5:21+) according to the Scriptures (even in the OT, cp Gal 3:8), and that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day (Ro 6:4+) according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve (Acts 1:3). (1 Cor 15:3-5+)
"I said therefore to you,
that you shall die in your sins;
for unless you believe that I am He,
you shall die in your sins."
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel."
"I tell you, no, but unless you repent,
you will all likewise perish."
"And why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
and do not do what I say?
"For whoever wishes to save his life
shall lose it;
but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's
shall save it.
"Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many,
I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able."
"Enter by the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide, and the way is broad
that leads to destruction (apoleia),
and many are those who enter by it.
For the gate is small, and the way is narrow
that leads to life,
and few are those who find it."
(Matthew 7:13, 14-note)
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
(Command = Do it now! Don't delay! It it urgent!)
in the Lord Jesus,
and you shall be saved...
To summarize: Jesus Christ died for us, in our place, as our Substitutionary Sacrificial "Lamb" (the One to Whom all the Old Testament sacrifices had been pointing, cp Jn 1:29+, 1Co 5:7 and Ex 12:5, 6, 13, 7, 21, 1Pe 1:18, 19+). He truly died and was buried (Jn 19:30). He was truly resurrected from the dead (Jn 11:25, 26, Ps 16:10+, Acts 2:31NLT, Acts 17:32, 24:15, 26:23, Ro 1:4NLT+, 1 Co 15:21NLT, 1 Pe 1:3+, Rev 20:6+). He truly appeared alive after His rising from the dead (Acts 1:3, Mk 16:14NLT. He truly ascended (Acts 1:9). He will surely return again (Acts 1:11, Jn 14:3, Rev 1:7, 8-+, Rev 19:11+, Rev 19:16+, Mt 24:30, 25:31, 1Th 1:10+). He must be received by grace through faith and not by our works of "righteousness" lest anyone boast (Ep 2:8, 9+). Dear reader, would you today ponder the reality of a Christ-less eternity and "believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved" (Acts 16:31) and you will become a new creature in Christ (2Cor 5:17-note) with a new hope of eternal life with Christ (Jn 14:3, 1 Thes 4:17+, Rev 22:3, 4, 5+). Even in the Old Testament the call of the Messiah, Christ Jesus, has always been...
Turn (Command to "look" Isa 45:22KJV) to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is no other. (Isa 45:22)
- This is the passage the Holy Spirit used to lead the "prince of preachers", Charles Haddon Spurgeon, to salvation in Christ Jesus - read Spurgeon's Personal Testimony)
- Note: Salvation in the Old Testament is the same way as in the New Testament - by grace through faith - and not based on works of self righteousness or keeping the Law or performing the sacrifices! (cp Ro 3:25+, Heb 9:15+)
- See my Personal Testimony to God's amazing grace to save a wretch like me.
Please take a moment and watch and listen to the vocal version of Rescue The Perishing based in part on Fanny Crosby's famous hymn (Hint: Select Full Screen view for maximum impact). Beloved I will be amazed if you can watch and listen to this youtube video of Fanny Crosby's classic hymn without weeping.
May our hearts break for what breaks our Father's heart and may His Spirit so fill us that His Good News "becomes like a burning fire" (Jer 20:9 23:29) in our bosom and we cannot hold it in for the sake of Jesus Who is Mighty To Save. (Hillsong version) Amen
Rescue the Perishing
-- Fanny Crosby
Powerful VocaL by Billy & Cindy Foote
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.
Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
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|THE ROMANS ROAD
(from the book of Romans)
|Romans 1:18-3:20||Romans 3:21-5:21||Romans 6:1-8:39||Romans 9:1-11:36||Romans 12:1-16:27|
Jew and Gentile
|Demonstration of Salvation|
|Power Given||Promises Fulfilled||Paths Pursued|
Restored to Israel
|Slaves to Sin||Slaves to God||Slaves Serving God|
|Life by Faith||Service by Faith|
Modified from Irving L. Jensen's excellent work "Jensen's Survey of the NT"