The Roman Highway

A condensed walk through the book of Romans

Part 1: Clearing the Way
Part 2: Laying the Foundation Stones
Part 3: Navigating the Highway
Part 4: Travelling Companions

3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
10:9 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.

 

2. Laying the Foundation Stones

Foundation Stones

Romans 5

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Prior to the gift of salvation we were the enemies of God, but when He put our sin upon Jesus Christ we were received peace with the LORD forever! How great is the love of God that He would die for us while we were still His enemies?!

7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sin entered the world by one man Adam, but was overcome by one man Jesus Christ. The law of God through Moses was introduced to condemn all under sin, but where there is more sin there is more grace extended. Thus a direct relationship exists between the amount of sin and the amount of grace which God gives freely to those who put their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.


Romans 6

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

If more sin yields more grace then do we excuse ourselves and continue in sin? Absolutely NOT! If we have been freed from sin then we need to make it our priority to live free of sin that we may be more pleasing to God who redeemed us. Not that we maintain our salvation in works but that we honor God by abstaining from sin as much as is in our power to do so and repenting of that righteousness which we fail to keep.

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Romans 8

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

The law was weak in that it could not bring salvation to mankind. Since people were unable to keep the whole law and requirement of God, He made a perfect way of salvation through Christ Jesus so that none are able to boast of their own salvation but can at the same time rest in the knowledge that the grace of Christ is enough to secure our salvation as it fully satisfies the requirement of God.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

There will always be suffering that befalls the Christian who puts his or her trust in Jesus Christ for salvation because Satan hates Christ and endlessly fights to destroy everything pleasing to God. Even now Christians under the hands of the Islamic State are suffering beheadings, burnings, and crucifixion. We in the United States suffer much lighter affliction but as Paul points out there is no suffering in this life which can outweigh the gift of eternal life with God which we shall experience in the life to come. So we take the persecution in patience knowing that our soul is safe in the nail pierced hands of Jesus Christ our Savior!

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

On the Day of Judgment when the eternal destiny of every person’s soul is condemned to eternal torment in hell or pardoned to everlasting life with the LORD in heaven there is only One Judge who can condemn us… Jesus Christ. But it is Jesus who also makes intercession for those who believe in Him for salvation! So if Jesus is the only judge and also the intercessor for our souls then our salvation is secure because if Jesus will not condemn us then NO ONE CAN!!! Praise God! Won’t it be great to have the judge pleading our case on our behalf?!


Romans 10

8 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;
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.

Salvation is so near to you that you need only to speak it and believe. Confess that Jesus is the Christ and believe that God raised him from the grave on the 3rd day and you WILL BE SAVED! These are the best words that will ever come out of your mouth.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Salvation cannot come except a person hears the Gospel message of Christ which they cannot hear if Christians are unwilling to share it! How important it is that we spread the Good News that Jesus brought to the world; what a beautiful thing!


Romans 11

32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Truly we serve a God whose ways can seem totally strange; His ways are “past finding out!” What ruler sacrifices himself for his enemies? What king loves those that hate him? What god uses his authority to extend grace and mercy on his subjects? But this is the foolish talk of man. How blessed we are that we serve a God who concludes all people under sin SO THAT He can have mercy on them all! At face value this may sound cruel, but can you imagine if you had been left to work out your own salvation by works? Indeed that would have been cruel, but God’s mercy is an act of love!


Next: Navigating the Highway