The Romans Road

Long ago, when the Roman Empire was at the
height of her glory, a common saying was “All
Roads Lead to Rome.” I want to tell you about
a very special road–about a road that existed
then and still exists now. This road, now almost
2000 years old, has never led to Rome and
yet, strangely enough, it is called the

Romans Road.
The Apostle Paul described all the landmarks
along this road in an open letter to the Romans
of his day. In his letter he pointed out that it
is crucial for every man, woman, boy, or girl to
travel down this road at some point in his or
her lifetime. The eternal destiny of every soul
on earth, even today, hangs on the decisions
made while traveling down this road. For those
who make the right decisions, the road can be
very short, but for those who make wrong turns,
it can be very long and very, very dangerous.
Please allow me to point out the highlights
of Paul’s letter and then you can read it
for yourself. The Romans Road is always best
traveled with a guide who knows the way well,
for it leads to…well, let me show you.


Believe God’s Book

As your guide, I must warn you that the
philosophies of this world lead to a dead end.
We must accept the Word of God, the Bible,
as the only immutable truth. Unless you do this
you will get lost in a maze and may never get
back to the Romans Road.

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee,
even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is,
the word of faith, which we preach”

(Romans 10:8)


The Wages of Sin

The apostle Paul wrote of a serious problem
that all of us have which can only be solved
by successfully negotiating the Romans Road.
He put it like this:

“For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God”

(Romans 3:23)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

(Romans 6:23)
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof”

(Romans 6:12)



If you have not successfully passed the
temptation to follow the Path of Sin, now is the
time to turn from your sin. The act of turning
away from sin is called repentance and this is
absolutely necessary to get the gift of eternal
life Paul spoke of on the previous page.

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and
forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

(Romans 2:4)


By Grace…Not Works

At this point we encounter a most curious fact–
one that seems to run contrary to conventional
wisdom. Paul wrote:

“Being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

(Romans 3:24)
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works:
otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be
of works, then is it no more grace:
otherwise work is no more work”

(Romans 11:6)
“Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith,
but as it were by the works of the law.
For they stumbled at that stumbling stone”

(Romans 9:32)
Many people simply cannot believe that the
correct way is the easiest and furthermore that
it is free. Without a guide, many people take
this wrong turn and try to pay for the eternal
life they hope to receive.

Good deeds are recommended along the
Romans Road, but they have no bearing on the
final outcome of your journey.


Blood Redemption

At this point you may well be thinking: “Paul
certainly seems to say that eternal life is free,
but I still can’t believe I can obtain something
of such value for nothing. There’s still no such
thing as a free lunch.” Congratulations, you
have correctly analyzed the situation. Eternal
life is so valuable no man could afford it.

Now I want to tell you an old, old story.
God created man with a free choice or will to
serve God or serve himself. Man chose poorly
and rebelled against God. God had already
established the penalty for rebellion as eternity
in hell, but He loved mankind and did not want
to destroy him. The solution? God decided to
send His only begotten Son into the world to
live and die as a man and pay the penalty for
each and every one of us. Jesus lived a sinless
life for 33 1⁄2 years and then was hung on a
cross by the Roman soldiers of His day. The
blood He shed on that cross for us was the very
blood of God and is sufficient to wash all our
sins away if we request it. Jesus was buried in
a tomb, but proving Himself to be God Almighty
in the flesh, He conquered death and hell and
rose again from the dead. He now freely offers
the same resurrection to all who will accept His
death as payment for their sins.


How about you? Will you accept His gracious
offer? Paul wrote, speaking of Jesus:

“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood, to declare his
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God”

(Romans 3:25)
“ Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him”

(Romans 5:9)


Salvation at Calvary

We have now come to the end of the Romans
Road. Do you know where we are? Do you
recognize that hill? Yes! It’s called Calvary, the
place where Jesus Christ, Immanuel–God with
us–died to pay for the sins of all the world.
You’ve come so far, and now one more step
and you will enter a whole new life in Christ
Jesus. It is a step of faith as Paul put it:

“But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
if we believe on him that raised up Jesus
our Lord from the dead”

(Romans 4:24)
“Who was delivered for our offenses,
and was raised again for our justification”

(Romans 4:25)
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom
also we have access by faith into this grace wherein
we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”

(Romans 5:1, 2)


“For when we were yet without strength,
in due time Christ died for the ungodly”

(Romans 5:6)
“Being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

(Romans 3:24)
“That as sin hath reigned unto death,
even so might grace reign through righteousness
unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord”

(Romans 5:21)


The End of the Journey
Now that we find ourselves at the foot of
the cross of Calvary, let us humbly kneel before
Almighty God and remember the things we have
learned on our journey. We first learned that we
have to believe in God’s word, the Bible, which
includes the letter to the Romans to guide us
down the right path. We learned that we are
guilty of sin before God and that we must spend
eternity in hell to pay for our sins. Then we
learned that we must repent or turn away from
a life in sin to truly follow God. In other words,
we must make a commitment of our will to
God’s will for us. Following this, we learned
that God Himself, through Jesus Christ, paid for
our sins with His own blood. This cleared the
way for us to have eternal life. All that’s left for
us to do at this point is ask for it.
Paul wrote:

“That if thou shall 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. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and
with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”

(Romans 10:9,10)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved”

(Romans 10:13)

Your Decision
How about it? Will you receive Jesus Christ as your savior? 

Questions? Please Send us a message with them.

The Romans Road is used with permission of Little Red Book.

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