The Greatest Miracle of All
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. Colossians 1:21-22
There will never be a greater miracle on earth than the transformation that comes in salvation. Jesus Himself said its massive change is like being “born again.” From the womb to the world—nothing is the same. Though I have been a friend of God for many decades, I still cannot fully fathom God’s desire—to move me from alienation and an enemy in both my mind and actions, to a holy, unblameable, and unreprovable human being.
I have heard it explained away—God only sees me through the blood of Jesus that forgives, so He sees Jesus’ righteousness, not me. That is a denial of the greatest miracle on earth. JESUS SAVES!!!
I know I cannot save myself, and that is why it is tempting to explain it away. My mind is darkened in my sinful state, so I cannot explain anything. As John Gill wrote centuries ago, when my mind is against God, I deny His power, or simply wish He wasn’t there, or I fancy myself to be in control of my own life—my own god. I bristle against His sovereignty, deny His omniscience, arraign His justice and faithfulness, and despise the riches of His grace and goodness. I am an enemy to His purposes, providences, and word and cannot bear that He should determine anything concerning me or others. I charge Him with cruelty, murmur and quarrel with Him as unequal and unjust, cast away His law, will not be subject to it, and condemn His will as He reveals it. I do not hearken to His word as the Prophet; trample on His blood sacrifice as a priest, unwilling to have Him rule over me as King.
And this enmity to everything good and divine is seated in the mind. The mind is not the object of the hatred; it is itself enmity against God, and from it pour out wicked works by loving what God hates, hating what He loves, omitting what He commands, committing what He forbids, maintaining friendship with the world, and walking in evil life and conversation.
How dare such a person claim that she has experienced the saving work of Christ, paid for by His own blood. I repented when the Holy Spirit revealed to me a mind so corrupt, I could not even seek Him. He offered me the greatest miracle of all—to be born again. It was like leaving a womb of complete darkness, and being translated into His world where all things are new. I surrendered my alienated and darkened mind to His transformation and have done so moment by moment ever since. I seek with all that is in me to walk in His will—that I would be holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight.
Ironically, once I surrendered my mind to my Creator, He revealed to me that He works beyond understanding, beyond words, beyond this finite and frail mind that I once treasured. To find His holiness, one must do more than sweep the spiritual house and put it in order (Matthew 12:44). An empty house is quickly filled by the cares of this world and the craftiness of Satan’s demons. I come to Him, and He fills me with Himself. I experience the greatest miracle of all every day. My mind is not capable of telling you more.
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. Isaiah 64:4