Romans Road Step #1: The Beginning
Last week, I introduced a post series on The Romans Road. Today, we take our first step on that road. And The Beginning is always a great place to start. From chapter 1 of Romans, we read the following:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:20)
After looking at Creation, we are, as this verse states, “without excuse”. And this is really the bottom line, mankind is without excuse.
For those of you who have read my blog before, you know I like to fish. And when I read Romans 1:20 and think of creation proving God’s existence, I think of salmon. When I think of salmon I have no excuse.
In case you didn’t know, naturally in creation, salmon return to the same river they hatched from, in order to spawn and produce more eggs.
Scientists have hypothesized that salmon return to the river because of the smell of the fresh water coming out of that particular river. Some hypothesize that there’s magnetic fields that guide them. However, none of these theories have ever been proven.
Salmon are a mystery.
Salmon aren’t a mystery for me though. For me, salmon do what God designed them to do. And in the process, they feed numerous species of fish, bird and mammal (not to mention us), all within a single life cycle.
Salmon show an orderly, purposeful created design. To me, salmon display God’s “eternal power and divine nature” and I am “without excuse”. I have no choice but to admit what creation point to.
There is a Creator.
I’ll say it again; the first step in The Romans Road to salvation begins at Creation. In order to receive salvation, we must acknowledge God as the Creator of everything, and accept our humble position, as part of God’s created order and purpose.
As we evangelize, finding common ground around creation, finding common ground that someone or something greater than us, a Creator exists; is a crucial first step.
As a final note, this is an absolutely critical step when evangelizing to and within First Nations Peoples. Throughout Christian history, too many missionaries made the tragic mistake of presenting the Cross-without ever beginning with the Creator.
Let’s make sure we never make that mistake again.
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Romans 1:20 outlines “The Beginning” of The Romans Road. How has creation impacted your salvation story?