As Wide as the Cross — By Way of Approach
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
Today I would like to continue with a phrase that really has taken root with me. This phrase, “The road to the narrow gate is as wide as the Cross” has taken me through some of theological nuts and bolts that hold the framework of salvation together but now it’s time to take it on the road…The Romans Road! I use to think that it was limited to the sixth, seventh and eighth chapters of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. I thought from “should we keep sinning so grace can abound” to “nothing can separate us from the love of God” was enough explanation for the need of salvation…not entirely so!
Without getting too crazy with verses from Romans we can get a simple and systematic way of explaining the message of salvation. And for roads that were made to be a cut-n-dry eight foot wide with easy drainage, the Romans road doesn’t need to be rocket science (although there was some decent mathematics involved…just saying) it only needs to as wide as the Cross. So let’s take an easy view on the building materials that make up the Romans Road.
First is what the road defines and that would be, who needs salvation, why we need salvation, how YHVH provides salvation, how we receive salvation and the results of salvation. And to break down what the road is defining goes like this…
Who? Everyone needs salvation because we have all sinned. (Romans 3:10-12, 23)
Why? The price (or consequence) of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
How? Jesus Christ died for our sins. He paid the price for our death. (Romans 5:8)
How’s that? We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:9-10, and 13)
What’s the results? Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God. (Romans 5:1, 8:1, 8:38-39 )
So how does responding to the Romans Road go? Well it goes by receiving that it leads to “truth”. And, by example, I mean what we see in John 18:37b-38a, “Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And folks I dare to say that you are Pilate in this. Right or wrong, Pilate didn’t want anything to do with Jesus, so he did what he didn’t want to do but by reflex he was able to do, (see Romans 7:14-25) a struggle that I wish on no man (or woman).
To close for today can we take a few simple beginning steps on the road to the narrow gate? Can you say you are a sinner? And if you understand that as a sinner, you deserve death. You need to believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from sin and death. Your only immediate action is to repent by turning from your old life of sin to a new life in Christ. Then you are to receive, through faith in Jesus Christ, his free gift of salvation. It ain’t rocket science like I said…but the path to the narrow gate is difficult and few find it. Hmm…guess there more to examine. Until next time then. – Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “Dear friend, are you living in this new world and for this coming age? There are two races crossing the narrow path of time. One is the Adam race, the other is the Christ race; one is the earthly race, the other is the heavenly race; one is doomed to remain among the dead, the other is pressing on to immortality and glory.”—A.B. Simpson
Verse to Memorize: I will lift my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2