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Dr. Vic Reasoner on the “Romans Road”

Dr. Vic Reasoner writes the following in his excellent commentary on Romans about the popular “Romans Road” that is often used in evangelism.  His points are biblical.

First, Dr. Reasoner records the popular “Romans Road” as follows:

The plan of salvation is often presented as “The Romans Road.” There are usually five basic points:

1. All are sinners (3:23).
2. The wages of sin is death (6:23).
3. Christ died for us (5:8).
4. You must believe and confess (10:9-10).
5. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (10:13).

He then states what he would add to this:

While my motive is not to make things unnecessarily complicated, a more comprehensive presentation of the gospel as presented in the book of Romans would include more than five verses:

1. All sinned in Adam (5:12, 19).
2. The wages of sin is death (6:23).
3. Nothing good lives in us; our nature is sinful (7:18).
4. We have all personally sinned (3:23).
5. The wrath of God is revealed against godlessness and wickedness (1:18).
6. Those who commit any of the representative sins listed in Romans 1:20-32 are without excuse.
7. The religious sinner, described in Romans 2:1-3:8, is also without excuse.
8. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (5:8; 3:24-25).
9. Our only hope is the gospel. It is the power of God unto salvation (1:17-18).
10. This righteousness from God comes to all who believe (3:22).
11. God has predestined that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (10:13).
12. We must believe with our heart and confess with our mouth (10:9-10).
13. We are justified freely by his grace (3:24).
14. Having been justified by faith, we receive the Holy Spirit (5:1-5).
15. We are no longer under condemnation (8:1).
16. We have assurance that God has forgiven us and accepted us (8:15-16).
17. Therefore, sin is no longer our master. We have been set free from sin (6:6-7, 12-18, 22).
18. But if we live according to the sinful nature, we will die (8:13).
19. God will cut off those who do not continue to believe (11:19-23).
20. Therefore, the just live by faith (1:17; 10:4).
21. God has predestined that those who love him should be conformed to the likeness of his Son (8:29).
22. Those who are alive, who have been made holy, and are accepted by God should present themselves as living sacrifices (12:1-2).
23. The body of sin will be destroyed in those who again present themselves (6:6).
24. We must live a life of love and obedience. The mature Christian life of submission and consideration is described in chapters 12-15.
25. The Christian also lives in hope (8:23-25), for now our final salvation is nearer than when we first believed (13:11; 2:7).


Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/06/2013 at 2:04 PM

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