Summary: A sermon walking through the process of salvation.
Landmarks On The Roman Road
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In the past few months I have been privileged to do some traveling. We took the scenic route on a trip to Missouri for a funeral and then just a couple of weeks ago I went to Gulf Shores Alabama and to Pensacola Florida. When traveling, there are certain things that will catch your eye, sometimes they help you know where you are going and others help you know where you have been. In Kentucky I saw the National Corvette Museum (the place with the huge sinkhole underneath). While in St. Louis I saw Busch stadium and the famous Gateway Arch. On the way to Gulf Shores you know that you are getting close when you begin to see palm trees.
These identifiers are known as landmarks. A “landmark” is defined as - something prominent that identifies location. When we find ourselves lost and in unfamiliar territory we start looking for landmarks to tell us where we are and which direction we should go.
You may have heard of the “Roman Road”… These are specific verses that clearly explain the plan of salvation. As I began to study earlier this week I found some interesting “Landmarks” on this Road. I would like for us to take a walk down this road and observe these special places.
Some of you may be lost (in a spiritual sense) I have good news for you, if you follow these landmarks; you can find your way home! Join me as we consider the thought “Landmarks On The Roman Road” Our first stop is Romans 3:3 where we will find…
I. LANDMARK # 1: TRUTH - Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
This is a historical landmark. It can be traced all the way back to the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Also we read where King David spoke of this in - Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
You will never be right with God based upon good works or morality. The phrase “come short of the glory of God” means that we literally miss the mark. The tense of this word suggests that this is an ongoing state of affairs. In other words, no matter how good we may get, we still miss the mark. We will still fall far short of the glory of God! Friend, You CANNOT get to God on your own merit! They key to this verse is the word “ALL” No one is exempt.
If you are here… YOU HAVE SINNED AND SOME SHORT OF GOD’S GLORY!
*Mean people, Evil people, Thieves, Rapist, Murderers... They have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
Likewise: Good people, Kind people, Compassionate people, Charitable people, Religious people, Churchgoing people...All of these are not exempt either… “ALL HAVE SINNED AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD!”
The Bible tells us in - Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.- Friend, will you grasp the truth that we find at our first destination on the Roman Road? Will you admit the fact that YOU ARE A SINNER? The rest of this journey will not be beneficial until you are willing to do just that!
Romans 3:23 is one of the most important verses in the Word of God. - In order to grasp the process of salvation you must first comprehend that YOU ARE A SINNER!! At our first landmark we find TRUTH! As we continue walking the Roman Road we will find another landmark.
In Romans 6:23 we find:
II. LANDMARK # 2: CONSEQUENCES - Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;
The life of sin pays off in death! There are two types of death that we find mentioned in the scriptures:
1) Natural death - the separation of the body and soul.
2) Spiritual death - the separation of God and the soul.
The idea in this verse is of the "second death." The 2nd Death is the separation of the body and the spirit. The consequences of which are eternal damnation of the lost spirit in the Lake of Fire!
Notice in this verse that the lost man receives "wages". This is fair compensation for a life lived in wickedness! You may say “it is unfair for a sinner to have to go to Hell”. But God tells us that they are just receiving what they have earned! - Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Hell is not a place bad people are sent by God, Hell is a place that people have worked hard to get into and they will receive everything they have earned. If you die without surrendering your heart & life to Jesus Christ you will receive these wages, and if you find yourself in hell it will be because you chose that path!