Who is God?
God is the creator of the world and everything in the world. (Genesis 1 – 2 and Psalm 8). Before God created anything, He existed in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Collectively, they are referred to as the Trinity. They each have separate characteristics and functions, yet they are one. Everything God is doing, has done, and will do in our lives is motivated by the very essence of His nature – Love.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of the living God. Jesus IS God. He came from heaven to live a perfect human life on earth in order to show us how to live our lives. After 33 ½ years on earth He was crucified and died, taking on the punishment that we deserved for our sins. He rose from the dead, securing our salvation, and then went back to heaven. Now Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father while He continually intercedes on our behalf. Sin separated humanity from God. Jesus’ death on the cross gives us an opportunity to repair our relationship with God. At a time unknown to everyone except God the Father, Jesus will come back for those who believe in Him and have accepted His gift of salvation (Matthew 24:36).
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God and the third person of the Trinity. He is the gift Jesus sent to us after He returned to heaven. The Holy Spirit is given to all believers. The bible, God’s inspired Word, tells us that we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18b). When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we allow Him to be in control of our lives. When we are tempted to sin, it is the Holy Spirit who speaks to us and says “don’t do it!” When we are encouraged to do good things, He says “yes, that’s right!” And He will do that for us as long as we allow him to. He teaches us, leads us, comforts us, chastises us and helps us to remember God’s Word.
How can a person be saved?
First, it is important to know what we are being saved from – we are saved from sin and eternal separation from God. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), it affected man’s relationship with God. The Bible says “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Once we hear the gospel, which is the good news of Jesus, and believe what we have heard, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are saved. Salvation is a gift from God, provided by Jesus (Acts 4:10-12).
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul provides us with scriptures that can help lead us to salvation in Jesus Christ. These scriptures are known as “Roman’s Road”.
The entire book of Romans explains why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvation. The Roman’s Road scriptures include:
- Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
- Romans 5:12 – Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
- Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Romans 5:8 – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 10:9-10 – 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.