Is it possible to understand the gospel message, serve as an officer in a church, be sure of your salvation, and yet still not get into heaven when you die? Matthew, one of the original twelve disciples, answered this question clearly. Yes, on “that day”, many will stand before God and hear Him say, “I know you not; depart from me.” (Matthew 7:23 KJV)
The assumption is all professing Christians want salvation. One cannot be saved unless one confesses with their mouth and believes in their heart that God sent His only son, Jesus to die for our sins and God raised him from the dead . (Romans 10:9-10 KJV) By this confession, one is saved from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin and from the presence of sin.
The doctrine of salvation contains various aspects. The intent of this research paper is to provide a general overview of salvation from the angle of justification, sanctification, grace, redemption, and propitiation.
There was a time a person would use a roadmap to get from one location to another. Some also would stop and ask for directions. Today, we seldom see paper maps and people stopping at a local gas station for directions. Many vehicles come with a navigation system that provides a real-time map of the vehicle’s current location as well as systematic directions to requested destination. Some are accurate to within three to 15 meters.
Similar to a navigation system, the Roman Road is a means to guide a person to salvation. It uses verses from the Book of Romans as a method of explaining why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvation.
The first step towards salvation on the Roman Road is to understand that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 KJV) Sin is a “spiritual condition where the heart separates from God.” In the Garden of Eden, Satan succeeded in drawing Adam and Eve into doubt and unbelief in God’s word, hence, sin entered humankind. First, he tempted Eve when she was alone. Through Eve, he tempted Adam. The first of humankind felt the prick in his heart when questioned whether to eat of the tree of knowledge. When he looked upon the tree, he heard God’s voice echoing in his ears: Do not eat of this tree. He felt the wrench of separation from God after eating the forbidden fruit and sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness.
By opting to eat the forbidden fruit, they showed open disrespect and willful disobedience to God’s authority, to what God had bestowed on them, and a desire for the prohibited. Because of one man’s disobedience, humankind has been in sin. The apostle Paul said in the book of Romans, “sin entered the world through one man, and death...