THE ROMAN ROAD OF SALVATION: RO 3:10, 22, 23; RO 5:12; RO 6:23; RO 5:8; RO 10:9-13; ACTS 4:12

Through God’s creation He gives us light to acknowledge right from wrong. [1] But because man does not want to pursue God [2] (wishing to be independent of any authority other than himself) he measures truth motivated by selfish reasons. Righteousness and love demands that man love others above himself, [3] but sinners balk at self sacrifice for no tangible or self-righteous gain; wilful rebellion, wilful rejection of the truth.

The sinner knows intuitively there is more happiness available than what he is presently experiencing, but he doesn’t know how to acquire it on his own terms without submission to another authority. Submission to authority is only actively pursued to the satisfying degree of personal gain. Man feels that freedom from restraint, rules, or authority is ultimate freedom and so he resists authority and its demands of him.

“.. the fall must have enormously altered man’s attitude to creational authority.

“.the matter of authority is put in a different light all together because of rebellion. That is why the word ‘authority’ is repugnant to a great part of the world…

“Man, wherever he is in authority, is unable to exercise such authority purely, thereby further confounding the true principle of authority in the eyes of (fallen) man, who is himself innately incapable of accepting authority.

“Satan and his principalities have abused their given authority, and again, further confuse the issue of pure authority. It is well nigh impossible for fallen humanity to recognize, and come to terms with, authority.” GEOFFREY BINGHAM

Man does not wish to know God, to do so means he must then submit to God’s rightful authority, and man is opposed to any authority other than himself. And, because of mans’ innate sense of guilt (fear/resentment of being judged), he doesn’t wish to meet God and be measured by Him. There is no virtue in submission because one must. The human resists wilful submission. Man would want from God all the things that are good gain to himself, but he readily discards any total commitment to what God wants of him. One often focuses on what freedom one must give up should he submit.

New birth is in fact ‘sins forgiven’ and the death blow to guilt which frees man to know God. Guilt hinders relationships as it did with Adam; he hid when approached by God. Man, freed from condemnation, [4] is free to obey without fear, for he is no longer held in the darkness of his wilful ignorance.

-Those destined for hell (choose) chose not to be forgiven, especially on God’s terms. Pride will not receive free salvation but chooses to rely upon excuses for his present unacceptable performance. The other extreme is the one who believes propaganda concerning himself that he is reasonably acceptable and God would be unjust to condemn him. Ultimately the human heart relies on excuses, self-justification, and false good works. Even the one who is totally aware of his need and unworthiness finds it difficult to humble himself to accept a free undeserving gift (choosing his own judgement of himself over God’s will for him). As a result man cannot know himself as he truly is but is bound by his own created image that he worships.

-man is guilty because he knows he is not the person he should be or could be; man is therefore dominated by guilt of sin [5] and by Satan and his kingdom’s lies about reality, for he is the author of sin. [6]

“In the New Testament the Greek word euaggelion [gospel], means ‘good news’. It proclaims tidings of deliverance. ..It means a gift from God. It is the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins and sonship with God through Christ. It means remission of sins and reconciliation with God.” INT’L STANDARD BIBLE ENCYCLOPAEDIA

“By the law nothing else is meant than God’s word and command, directing what to do and what to leave undone, and requiring of us obedience of works. But the gospel is such doctrine of the word of God that neither requires our works nor commands us to do anything, but announces the offered grace of forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation. Here we do nothing, but only receive what is offered through the word.” LUTHER

Jesus Christ took upon Himself the punishment due sin. When I believe He paid the full price for my sin then I am freed from sin’s authority over me that keep me from approaching God because of the fear of His judgement for failure or inadequacy. But as Rom 7:14 indicates, it is sinfulness of our being that condemns us, the sins we commit are the charges that will specify the degree of retribution that will be experienced by those in hell – Lk 12:47, 48 see also 10SinHell notes.

So then what sends a person to hell? His nature and being that would commit sins from the heart. Humans are all as evil and selfish as circumstances allow. The sin nature is not some foreign influence upon the mind, it is the state of the mind, it is the real you! We are very misled by the concept we have two opposing forces in our lives, one good and one evil. You are the person you have become through your choices in life.

Sin is a fundamental relationship; it is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God. The Christian religion bases everything on the positive, radical nature of sin. Other religions deal with sins; the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ faced in men was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation of the Gospel that the message of the Gospel has lost its sting and its blasting power. [7]

All the punishment due was taken by Christ on my behalf, and God the Father, in light of that payment, which He Himself provided, is free to justly give us all things. [8]

“..All to few are enjoying the benefits of acceptance in their daily walk. The believer who is not aware of his position of acceptance in Christ is caught in the struggle to improve his condition in order to feel acceptable to God. But the believer who abides in the Lord Jesus as his righteousness and acceptance is freed from futile self-effort. Standing in his position, he trusts Christ to manifest himself increasingly in his life. He is free from the burden of himself and has become burdened on behalf of others.” MILES STANFORD; THE GREEN LETTERS.

..more than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but dung in order that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. Phil 3:8, 9

To obey the law of God to gain acceptance other than that that is granted to us through Christ’s sacrifice, is to strive for merit, favour, acceptance by self-righteous performance. [9] These self-righteous efforts are pride motivated and as such move one out from under grace and submit to the judgement of the Law.

When saved, the believer’s eyes are open to the fact, through the Word, that he has nothing to prove to God, rests from dead works, [10] and is only left with the yearning to live a life pleasing to God in light of His marvellous gift. Adherence to the law of love is the expected response of thanksgiving, and it is the way we should walk in light of the new creation we have become by an act of God in our hearts. [11]

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, “We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. Lk 17:10 (KJV) cf Ro 12:1,2 –nothing more is gained through our obedience to the Spirit of the law than what we already have through our faith in Christ. Christ has gained us everything pertaining to eternal life. [12]

We don’t obey the law to gain acceptance of God the Father, for we have it through faith in Christ (Phil 3:9); Eph 1:6 (KJV). However harbouring sin in our lives prevents us from experiencing the blessing God has in store for us in Christ. [repentance of rebellion and commit to obey!]

But as many as received Him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even those who believe in his name. Jn 1:12

THE BENEFIT OF CHRIST’S DEATH CANNOT BE YOURS UNTIL YOU RECEIVE HIM AS YOUR SAVIOUR.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor 6:19, 20

The price of this salvation? YOUR LIFE! YOU DIE TO THE OLD INADEQUATE RULES OF LIFE AND COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE AUTHORITY OF GOD FOREVERMORE.

THE GOSPEL SIMPLY MEANS THE WAY WHEREBY OUR SINS CAN BE JUSTLY FORGIVEN AND WHERE WE CAN BE SET FREE FROM THE FEAR OF JUDGMENT; WHERE WE ARE COMMITTED TO WHAT CHRIST IS PRODUCING IN ME THROUGH OBEDIENCE.

GOSPEL OF JOHN 14:15-24; 15:9-17


[1] That was the true Light, which gives light to every man who comes into the world. Jn 1:9; Ro 1:18-19; Ro 2:14-16

[2] And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed. Jn 3:19, 20

[3] Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3

[4] There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death. Roman 8:1,2 and see verses 3-9 also.

[5] If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 Jn 1:8

[6] Jn 8:42-47 (vs 44..You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me).

[7] Chambers, Oswald, My Utmost for His Highest, (United Kingdom: Marshall Morgan & Scott) c1927.

[8] He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things. Ro 8:34

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Eph 1:3

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 2 Cor 2:12

[9] Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Ro 3:20

[10] For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8, 9; Heb 6:1

[11] Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor 5:17

[12] For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Col 2:9, 10

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