Romans Road

Road to Salvation
Road to Salvation

Romans 3:23

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

All have sinned and we just cannot help that. We are human. Sinned started way back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.

Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sin leads to death. We are sinners. This means God can’t have anything to do with us because He is perfect. BUT God want’s to have personal relationship with us…so what did He do?

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God shows us His love for us (his enemies)

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

He gave his only Son to die on the cross for our sins.

Romans 10:9-13

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You simply need to believe. If you grew up in church or lived a terrible life no one is to bad for God – A person does not have to “clean up his act” before coming to Christ. The Holy Spirit will help with that when the time is right. Jesus died on the cross to take away all of your sin. Being good is not good enough, and again no one is to bad to be forgiven and all you need to do is simply believe.

“Receiving Christ” Means to recognize your belief in Christ, inviting him to come into your life, turning to God and repenting and then letting God direct your life! The moment you ask, it’s done and Jesus has come into your heart.

A Prayer for is your ready to accept Jesus as your Savior: (out of KJV Study BIBLE)

Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and to come into my life. Please begin to direct my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

That’s It! Welcome to God’s family 🙂

Believe in Jesus

Our lives Before and After Christ

Before: After

  • Dead because of sin…………………………………………Made Alive with Christ
  • Under God’s Anger…………………………………………..Shown God’s mercy and given salvation
  • Followed the ways of the world……………………..Stand for Christ and truth
  • God’s enemies………………………………………………….God’s children
  • Enslaved to Satan…………………………………………….Free in Christ to love, serve, and sit with him
  • Followed our evil thoughts and desires…………Raised up with Christ to glory

“many people initially resisted Newton’s conclusions because they seemed to be “occult.” How could two distant objects in the solar system be drawn toward one another, acting according to a precise mathematical law? Indeed, Newton made strenuous efforts over his lifetime to find a natural explanation, but in the end, he could say only that it is the will of God.” 

“How can physical atoms and molecules, for example, create something that exists in a separate domain that has no physical existence: human consciousness?

It is a mystery that lies beyond science”

The human conscience is given to us by God as a built in warning system. It was given to us after the Fall in the Garden of Eden. This is why we are able to tell good from evil. (Acts 24:16)

Our Earth was made specifically for human existence:

  • Perfect distance from the sun
  • Water for our use
  • Trees, plants, forest for our air
  • Food chain
  • The Earth has atmospheric pressure for liquid water at our surface.
  • The right balance of heavy elements and organic molecules   for life to appear.
  • The earth has the right amount of water so that we are provided with both oceans and continents.
  • Our solar system is strategically and perfectly placed. (do you think it would be perfectly placed from a big bang?)

John 3:36

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him

John 5:24

Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 

John 6:37

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that commeth to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:40

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:47

Verily,verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die, Believest thou this?

John 12:46

I am a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on my should not abide in darkness.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 17:3

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

John 17:16-17

16 They are not of the world, even as I am no of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 20:31 

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast.

Question? When you receive a gift from someone, do you respond with how much do I owe you? The normal response is Thank you! So why would you feel obligated to do works to work your way to God? our Salvation and faith is also a gift therefore we should respond with gratitude and praise 🙂

We become Christians through God’s grace not by works. Being thankful for this gift, we will want to help and serve others with kindness, charity, and goodness, and not to solely please ourselves.

Resources:  The Bible (KJV) The Book of John and Ephesians https://theconversation.com/arguments-why-god-very-probably-exists-75451 https://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html

The World Through Him Might Be Saved

Just a heads up first to let you know this is right out of my study Bible. Word for Word. I wanted to make sure you got the message so I didn’t want to chance that not happening if I put it in my own words. 

John 3:10-21

10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Knowledge is not salvation. Nor is good works. You should know the Bible, but even more important, you should understand the God whom the Bible reveals and the salvation that God offers. 

When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, God sent a plague of serpents to punish the people for their rebellious attitudes. Those doomed to die from snakebite could be healed by obeying God’s command to look up at the elevated bronze serpent and by believing that God would heal them if they did (Numbers 21: 8-9) Similarly, our salvation happens when we look up to Jesus, believing he will save us. God has provided this way for us to be healed of sin’s deadly bite.

The entire Gospel comes into focus in this verse. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships — when you love someone dearly, you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of his Son, the highest price he could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life he had bought for us. When we share the Gospel with others, our love must be like Jesus’–willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s love.

Some people are repulsed by the idea of eternal life because their lives are miserable. But eternal life is not an extension of man’s miserable, mortal life; eternal life is God’s life embodied in Christ, given to all believers now as a guarantee that they will live forever. Internal life there is no death, sickness, enemy, evil, or sin. When we don’t know Christ, we make choices as though this life were all we had. In reality, this life is just the introduction to eternity. Receive this new life by faith and begin to evaluate all that happens from an eternal perspective. 

To believe is more than an intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It means to put our trust and confidence in him that he alone can save us. It is to put Christ in charge of our present plans and eternal destiny. Believing is both trusting his words as reliable and relying on him for the power to change. If you have never trusted Christ, let this promise of everlasting life be yours.

People often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their trust in something they do or have: their good works, their skill or intelligence, their money or possessions. But only God can save us from the one thing we really need to fear–eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own efforts to find salvation and by asking him to do his work in us. When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who have momentary doubts.

Many people don’t want their lives exposed to God’s light because they are afraid of what it will reveal. They don’t want to be changed. Don’t be surprised when these same people are threatened by your desire to obey God and do what is right because they are afraid that the light in you may expose some of the darkness in their lives. Rather than giving in to discouragement, keep praying that they will come to see how much better it is to love in light than in darkness. 

KJV Study Bible  

Keep Your Faith Firm

John 2:23-25

23Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feastday, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 

24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, 

25 and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. 

Jesus, the Son of God, knows all about human nature. He was well aware of the truth of Jeremiah 17:9, which states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jesus was discerning and he knew that the faith of some would-be followers was superficial. Some of the same people claiming to believe when it is exciting and everyone else believes the same way. But keep your faith firm even when it isn’t popular to follow Christ. – Study Bible KJV

Not My Home

As Born Again people

We will suffer in this world, but we are not of this world.

“This world is not our home. We are just passing through. We do not belong here. Everything down here offends us as Christians if we are a true believer. We march to a different drumbeat. What the world applauded, we don’t. What the world approves of, we don’t. We get offended by the things we see on the television, we get offended by the things we read online and in the paper. No one cares about us, or our likes, or our dislikes. We are the smallest minority group on Earth. We are living for Christ in a hostile world that is corrupt and broken because of sin. It is anything but easy. The Lord never said the Christian life would be easy. ” – Pastor Allen

While you are here arm yourself with the power of God. Pray, read God’s word, worship Him, and praise him.  He will walk you through and be there by your side during troubles and tribulations. I really don’t know how unsaved people get through the tough times in life on their own. The hard times is when we need to lean on him the most and give him the weight to carry our burdens. He want’s to do that for you. I know God has done this for me many times and he is with me always no matter what is going on.

1 Peter 5:8-11 

8 Be Sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour: 9 whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, Make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

(Stablish: establish)

“If you are not saved, I would not want to trade places with you, if you had everything going for you and were worth a Million Dollars.”

A Light In This Dark World

Matthew 5:13-16 13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

If a seasoning had no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Instead, we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.

You can not hide a city that is sitting on top of a hill if the lights are one. You can see the lights for miles and miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. We hide our lights by:

  • being quiet
  • following the ways of the world, going with the crowd
  • denying the light
  • letting sin dim out light
  • not explaining our light to others or
  • ignoring the needs of others

Be a beacon of truth – don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world.

King James Version – Study Bible

Did Man Write the Bible?

Listed below are some ways we know the man did NOT write the bible and also, what I am going to say next is contrary to what some teach but man is a complete failure in this day and age of Grace, as well as in every dispensational age. This includes me and you. We do not deserve what Jesus has done for us. But it is given to us, as a gift, from God. It is up to us to accept.

Over and over again we have proven that we fail when tested and we like to blame everything on the Devil. It’s never our fault its always the Devils fault. “The Devil made me do it”. But really it is our fault and it comes from our old sinful nature – the flesh. That is if you have been saved by the grace of God. 

  1. Adam and Eve – ate from the tree the were told not to. Genesis 3:3-6
  2.  Abraham – He told the king that his wife, was his sister. He turned coward and let his wife be taken into the king’s Harem because she was so pretty he thought they would kill him to get to her. Genesis 12:10-20
  3. Moses – He writes the first 5 books of the old testament. He was always losing his temper. He murdered an Egyptian man. Exodus 2:10-22
  4. David – He had multiple wives and stole Bathsheba from another man, had his way with her, and then proceeded to have her husband killed.  2 Samuel 11
  5. Peter – Denied knowing God 3 times after promising that he would never do that. John 18:13-27
  6. The bibles heros are criticized and their mistakes and failures are there in detail.
  7. The old testament shows the nation of Israel as a humiliating record of unbelief, treachery, stubbornness, and rebellion.

Do you think if Moses wrote the book and the words he wrote if they were not inspired by God that he would have left those parts out? If these men had it their way they would have left those things out. I am sure all of these men would have loved to have all these things deleted out of the bible. I hope this helps you believe!

To finish this off, God still forgave them and loved each and everyone of those who did wrong and still used each of them to do his work. That does not mean that they didn’t go unpunished for their sins. No matter how badly you feel you may have been of a disappointment to God or messed up or how far away you may feel, He still wants a relationship with you and wants to forgive you, love you, use you. All you need to do is get down on your knees and talk to him, ask and trust. I hope this helps you realize that you can’t do anything bad enough that God will not love or accept you. The Devil is want’s you to believe that.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 10:9-13 King James Version (KJV)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Misinterpreting the Bible

Dispensational Truths #2

We need to be aware of misinterpreting the bible. It is done far too often. What I mean by this is taking a verse or verses and applying them to a situation that has nothing to do with those verses. Keep in mind,  If we can rightly divide the bible then we can certainly wrongly divide it. 

If you are being taught something I strongly suggest you go back and reread it for yourselves and check out the whole chapter. You may find out what was taught to you was not what the bible said at all. And the bible warns us of false leaders.

Matthew 7:15 

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

The worst is when people pick the book up and flip through it, stop and point at a random verse and assume that is what God is speaking to them today. That is not using the bible in the correct manner. It’s not a magic book, or a spin the wheel to see what you have won like what you would find at an amusement park. 

Be certain and sure of the Divine Inspiration of the Scripture.

Timothy 3: 16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

If the book is not inspired then you cannot rely on anything in it, but if it is inspired then you can depend on everything in it. Every part of the bible, big or small is inspired just as much as the other. It is all equally inspired. Every word of the bible is inspired and every word counts just as much as the other.

2 Peter 1: 19-21

19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The spirit of God gave him the words.

You can put your confidence in the promises of the word of God.

Skepticism of inspired scripture come from the Devil himself, from the old sin nature, which is hesitant to believe the truth.

If you feel like you have found errors or contradictions in the bible it is because you have not gotten all the facts. Ask your self these questions, Who is speaking?, Who is he speaking too?, When did he say that? What age? What was it he said? What place did this happen in? is it literal, figurative, or symbolic?

Answer all of these questions and then the bible will divide correctly and flow together nicely.

Dispensational Truths

What is Dispensation? A period of time, during which man has been tested with respect to his obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. There are 7 dispensations in the Bible.

During those periods of time, man has been tested and tried on the presence of Obedience, and in every case, man has failed. Man is a sinner and If you are saved we are in a constant battle with our old flesh.

The 7 dispensations in the bible are: 

  1. Dispensation of Innocence
  2. Dispensation of Conscience
  3. Dispensation of Government
  4. Dispensation of Promise
  5. Dispensation of Law
  6. Dispensation of Grace (we are in this now)
  7. Dispensation of Millennial Kingdom of Christ

Dispensation #6 Age of Grace. To Believe in Jesus, The Son of God (John 3:18)

  • We are now in the age of Grace 
  • No one knows when this period of Grace will end. 
  • A new covenant in Christ’s blood. Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 
  • This age occurs between the 69th and the 70th week. Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
  • In 1 Thessalonians 4, it tells us this age started with the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost and ends with the Rapture. 
  • World wide
  • Includes Jews and Gentiles

The point of learning about the dispensational truths is to be able to rightly divide the word of truth. You can not understand the bible if you don’t understand the dispensational truths. You will get confused and find contradictions. If you find contradictions then you are wrongfully dividing the word of truth. The bible does not contradict itself. 

Ask yourself when reading:

  • Who is speaking
  • Who is he speaking too?
  • When did he say that? What age?
  • What was it he said?

(For more information on these go to https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-dispensations.html 

And https://pastorallenatcalvary.org/rightly-dividing-word-truth/ )

Call Out to God in Your Distress

2 Samuel 22:1-7

1And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: 2And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 4I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 5When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 6The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me; 7In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears

Do you have enemies? Do you maybe need deliverance out of the hand of your enemies like David? David was protected from Saul. Saul was a king who at one time used to murder Christians for thier beliefs. (He later was used by God and became an important Christian in the bible.) 

David Praised the LORD. He is his rock, fortress, deliverer, shield, his saviour, horn of his salvation, high tower, refuge.

The following verses are in reference to those who called out to God during their distress throughout the Bible.

Psalm 69:14 – Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Psalm 93:4 – The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

Jonah 2:3 – for thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

Psalm 116:3-4 3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. 4Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

David called out to God in his distress. God heard David. Be like David, called to God during your distress.

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