The Way is our latest Share Project video. And this entire video series is just one more way we are Equipping For Life. Please take a look at the video and share as appropriate. Feel free to share this video link or a link to this post in your emial. Or, you could share it on your social media outlets. And if you have questions or suggestions, just post them in the comments section at the end of this post.
Soli Deo Gloria!
What is the way from here to there? Most of us answer that question with a phone or other device utilizing GPS technology. But if you are like me, you’ve been frustrated when your device seemed to have sent you on the longest possible route! And we’ve all heard that voice say:
You have arrived at your destination.
And we could see with our own eyes that it was not correct. How great would it be to have a foolproof, 100% accurate guide for the most important journey you will ever make? I’d say that was a very good thing. And what’s even better is this: I am going to share it with you.
Our first guide point is Romans 3:23. What we find there isn’t really a surprise because none of us know any perfect people. Here’s how that idea is recorded in Romans:
For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.
So, all of us have done something wrong. The Bible’s term for those wrong actions or thoughts is sin. Society doesn’t use that word much anymore. And said another way, there are no innocent people. All of us are guilty of sinning against God. And that sin touches every aspect of our lives.
That is detailed for us in Romans 3:10-18. And it’s verse 17 that says we do not know the path of peace. But we can know it. So let’s see our next guide point. Romans 6:23 shows us the consequences of sin:
The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When you are employed, you get paid. Your paycheck is not a gift. It represents what you earned. The bad news is this: by our sins, we earned death. But… Don’t you love that little three-letter word? But…the gift of God is eternal life. A gift is something I didn’t earn. And that’s the beauty of it. We earned the punishment of death – and not just physical death but eternal death. But there is a way to peace with God and it is definitely worth pursuing.
The Way Of Hope
The next guide point on our way explains how God can offer eternal life to people like me who earned death instead. Romans 5:8 says:
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Imagine that! My life was forfeit because of my own sins – and that’s true of you as well. But – there’s that word again – Jesus Christ loved us before we were born and demonstrated that love on a cross! He died in my place, in your place, so the price of our sin could be paid. And Jesus’ resurrection proves that His sacrifice was the acceptable payment for our sins.
So far, we just have some really good information. Our next guide point tells us how to apply what we have learned. It’s Romans 10:9-10. It says:
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 it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved..
Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we can experience God’s forgiveness of our sins and enjoy His free gift of eternal life. Just 3 verses later in Romans 10:13, this truth is restated:
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Jesus is the way to peace with God. His death is sufficient to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. It is possible to be saved from certain death. It requires trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and asking for His forgiveness.
Faith: Path To Peace
Our next guide point is Romans 5:1. What it tells us is wonderful, awesome, stunning, and amazing all at the same time. Here it is:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Believing what God has told us is faith. When we exercise faith, we have peace with God. We are justified before Him. That means I can stand before God Just If I’d never sinned at all. And just to make sure we get the point, the idea is also seen in Romans 8:1. Listen closely:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. And it just gets better. Hear this last point from Romans 8:38-39:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I cannot imagine not wanting to follow that path. If that’s what you’d like to do, I can help with that as well.
The Way Forward
If you understand and believe what I’ve shared with you, I’ll give you a simple prayer that you can pray to God. This prayer is a way to say to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. And listen carefully. Words by themselves will not save you. The words have to express the belief in your heart because God knows our thoughts and the desires of our hearts. Only faith in Jesus Christ can bring His gift of salvation! Here’s a guide for your prayer:
God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I believe Jesus died for my sins that He was resurrected. I am asking You to forgive my sins and I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!
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