Category: (3) What are the steps to salvation?


Many people are looking for “steps to salvation.” People like the idea of an  instruction manual with five steps that, if followed, will result in salvation.  An example of this is Islam with its Five Pillars.  According to Islam, if the Five Pillars are obeyed, salvation will be granted.  Because the idea of a step-by-step process to salvation is appealing, many in  the Christian community make the mistake of presenting salvation as a result of  a step-by-step process. Roman Catholicism has seven sacraments. Various  Christian denominations add baptism, public confession, turning from sin,  speaking in tongues, etc., as steps to salvation. But the Bible only presents  one step to salvation. When the Philippian jailer asked Paul, “What must I do to  be saved?” Paul responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be  saved” (Acts  16:30-31).

Faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior is the only “step” to  salvation. The message of the Bible is abundantly clear. We have all sinned  against God (Romans  3:23). Because of our sin, we deserve to be eternally separated from God (Romans 6:23). Because of His  love for us (John 3:16),  God took on human form and died in our place, taking the punishment that we  deserve (Romans 5:82  Corinthians 5:21). God promises forgiveness of sins and eternal life in  heaven to all who receive, by grace through faith, Jesus Christ as Savior (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Acts 16:31).

Salvation is not about certain steps we must follow to earn salvation. Yes,  Christians should be baptized. Yes, Christians should publicly confess Christ as  Savior. Yes, Christians should turn from sin. Yes, Christians should commit  their lives to obeying God. However, these are not steps to salvation. They are  results of salvation. Because of our sin, we cannot in any sense earn salvation.  We could follow 1000 steps, and it would not be enough. That is why Jesus had to  die in our place. We are absolutely incapable of paying our sin debt to God or  cleansing ourselves from sin. Only God could accomplish our salvation, and so He  did. God Himself completed the “steps” and thereby offers salvation to anyone  who will receive it from Him.

Salvation and forgiveness of sins is not  about following steps. It is about receiving Christ as Savior and recognizing  that He has done all of the work for us. God requires one step of us—receiving  Jesus Christ as Savior and fully trusting in Him alone as the way of salvation.  That is what distinguishes the Christian faith from all other world religions,  each of which has a list of steps that must be followed in order for salvation  to be received. The Christian faith recognizes that God has already completed  the steps and simply calls on us to receive Him in faith.

The Romans Road to salvation is a way of explaining the good news of salvation  using verses from the Book of Romans. It is a simple yet powerful 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 verse on the  Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23,  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned.  We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is  innocent. Romans  3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives. The  second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23,  teaches us about the consequences of sin – “For the wages of sin is death; but  the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The punishment  that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal  death!

The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “but  the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love  toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus  Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’  resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our  sins.

The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, “that 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.” 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 will be saved!  Romans 10:13 says it again,  “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Jesus died to  pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the  forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as  their Lord and Savior.

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation  is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, “Therefore, since we have been justified through  faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Through Jesus  Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, “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. Finally, we have this precious  promise of God 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.”

Would you like to follow  the Romans Road to salvation? If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to  God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus  Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in  Jesus Christ can provide salvation! “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. With your help, I  place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and  forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

Have you made a decision  for Christ because of what you have learned through the Romans Road to  salvation? If so, please let us know by leaving a comment about your receiving God’s salvation.