God Made You Alive Together with Christ
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
What happened to you the moment you were saved? Each of us has a unique story to tell in response to this question. These stories are powerful and deeply moving. Today, however, I raise the question not to prompt personal testimonies, but to direct us to God’s work in our lives. In other words, what would He say happened to us the moment we were saved?
God made you alive together with Christ. Paul explains in Ephesians 2:4, 5 and Colossians 2:11-14.
As you can tell from these few verses, being saved is a big deal. It is much more than receiving a ticket for entry into heaven when you die, or even forgiveness of sins here and now. What happened to you and me at that moment of salvation is monumental.
The list above shows the magnitude of this great salvation you have received in Christ Jesus. You probably weren’t aware of all that happened at the moment of your salvation. You simply responded to the message concerning Christ. When I became aware of what had happened to me, I gained a sense of purpose in life. For the first time, I felt like I was anchored, that I knew I belonged. Maybe you experienced peace or freedom, or felt that you had been cleansed and a mountain of guilt and shame was removed. Maybe you were overwhelmed by God’s unconditional love and acceptance.
All these experiences are real and genuine because Christ came to live in you. You and I are different, new creatures according to the Bible. What happened to us is a story worth telling.