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SALVATION AS TAUGHT IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS
January 29, 2017
L. John Bost
The Bible is the book about salvation. From the time that man sinned in the Garden of Eden (See Genesis 3:15), until the end (Revelation 22:21), it is dedicated to preparing for the coming of a savior. The New Testament describes the coming of the savior and salvation through Him.
Salvation is spread throughout each of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. One of the books that says so much about salvation is the book written by the Apostle Paul. This article will be dedicated to a study of salvation as described by the writer who wrote more of the New Testament books than any other.
Why the Need for Salvation?
Why is salvation necessary? Paul answers in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." He explains the dire situation in which the sinner finds himself in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death..."
How did sin enter the world? Paul writes in 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." Notice that Paul does not teach the doctrine of Total Hereditary Depravity or Original Sin. No. He says, "Death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned". Sinners will incur the wages of sin, death, because all have sinned (Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 3:23). The "one man" to whom Paul refers, by whom "sin entered into the world," is Adam, the first man (Genesis 3:1-24). He says that, from the time Adam committed the first sin, every man has sinned (Romans 3:23; 5:12-14). Hence every man is in need of salvation (Genesis 2:17; 3:9Rom 6:23; 5:14).
How Can One Be Saved from The "Wages" of Sin?
Paul writes in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Gospel is from a Greek word which means "a good message" (Strong or "good tidings" (Thayer). The good tidings of which Paul speaks is the good news that Christ died for us. Paul writes in Romans 5:7-8:
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
And Romans 5:15:
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Paul says that, since Jesus died for our sins, salvation is possible for us. That is indeed good news!
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