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For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
— Hebrews 9:16-17 NKJV

When asked, “Will you share with me your testimony?”, many respond with either their pre-conversion style testimony or their salvation story. Most of the time it is a pre-conversion style testimony of who you were before Christ, and all the bad things you participated in up to the point of salvation. The salvation story then begins with the pivotal people that were involved in leading you to Christ, whether in church, a parking lot, the store, etc., and the moment when you received Christ as your savior. And this is where 99% of testimonies end.

If you study Hebrews Chapter 9, you will find understanding of where the old covenant was based on continual blood sacrifices for sin, and where the new covenant, Christ's Royal Blood, took the place of the blood of bulls and lambs and destroyed sin for the believer once and for all. Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection have become the foundation of the testament of salvation for every believer who accepts Christ as Lord. If we call ourselves believers in Christ, then our testimony should shift quickly from who we were— powerless, destitute, on our way to an eternal damnation—to the testimony of our own death, burial, and resurrection. Hebrews 9:17 says “for a testament is in force after men are dead!”

Paul tells us in Romans 6:8-10: “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” Paul said, “I don't boast in myself—I boast in the Lord. I die daily.” And since we know from Hebrews that our testimony “has no power at all while the testator lives”, this brings about the question, “Am I, the testator, still alive or dead?” If you share your testimony, and ever wonder why it hasn’t brought life and freedom to people, then my question to you is, “Does your testimony contain more information about your old life (that should now be dead) or about your righteous pursuit of God (that should be alive)?” Explaining who we were and what we were saved from needs to be concise in our testimony—who we are in Christ and our journey since conversion is what brings life. It should be full of the boasting of what the Lord has accomplished in our lives, with power to give people hope that Christ can do the same in them. If we have truly died to ourselves, then that death will produce a fruitful testimony of a life truly alive in Christ!