Unlimited: At the Cross
Nov 15, 2019 1209
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:2, NIV).
You’ll often hear people saying, “When I got saved…” Or you might hear other people say, “Jesus will save me…”
Which one is correct? Well, both of them, and neither of them. When a person says, “When I got saved,” they are usually referring to when they accepted God’s gift of salvation. And when others say that Jesus will save them, they might be referring to the end of the world.
Both are true, but they don’t reflect the core of the Bible’s teaching about when salvation happened.
The Bible teaches that the entire human race was saved in potentiality at the Cross (John 1:29; John 3:16; Rom 5:18; 2 Cor 5:19; 1 Tim 4:10; Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 2:2).
That may be difficult to understand, so I’ll explain what those words “in potentiality” really mean.
At the Cross, Jesus created, through his own blood, a full and perfect salvation available for all who believe. When you accept it, you step into that reality that Jesus created for you at the Cross: into the perfect righteousness of the Son of God. In that way, you can rightly say that you were saved in the first century when Jesus died and rose again.
However, although a perfect salvation has been prepared for you, you only step into it when you accept the gift by faith. All of God’s children will experience this at some special time in their lives.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection:There is also a Biblical sense in which we will be saved in the future. Can you think of how that might be?