The title and content of this post may seem simplistic, even trite. If so, consider it intentional. Although the message of the Bible is incredibly rich and deep, with a lifetime spent before exhausting its wonders, it is also simple enough that a child can understand:
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (Mark 10:13-15)
This ‘childlike faith’ is all that is necessary to come to Christ, and puts to rest the idea that becoming a Christian is an arduous task.
Think about it: if God loves you (and he does), and he wants you to know him (and he does), why would he make it hard? Why would God make you live your entire life never being certain of his favor? Why would he make you wait until you couldn’t do anything about your eternal state before he revealed if you made it or not?
Why would he, indeed? And the answer is – he didn’t.
The Romans Road
There are numerous Scriptures that reveal the simplicity of the Gospel. The so-called “Romans Road” is a series of verses all drawn from the Book of Romans, and frequently used together because of their proximity to each other.
Well-worn and clichéd, the Romans Road nevertheless explains how to become ‘born again”:
1. You must recognize your desperate condition:
There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
Everyone is a sinner, including me and you. This universal aspect is not helpful to your soul. Just because everyone in front of and behind you is awaiting the guillotine won’t soften the reality of your own trip to the blade.
2. You must understand the magnitude and consequence of your sin:
For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a)
God does not grade on a curve. It only takes one crime to make me a criminal. It only takes one sin to make you a sinner. And the penalty for our sin is death (eternal separation from God).
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10)
3. You must agree with God on the remedy for your sin:
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Any other method of payment for sin is insufficient. Only the sacrificial death of Christ can satisfy God’s righteous demand. Note that God showed his love before you or I ever cared.
4. You must place your trust in Christ for salvation:
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 (Romans 10:13)
Trusting Christ alone includes us discarding any other way of salvation. This is called “repentance”. And Christ promises to save all who call on him:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).
Too simple? Why should it be difficult?