Hidden in Christ – Colossians 3:4

OK, so now this is “sharpening the point” in a positive way.  In this passage, the eye tends to glance by without noticing much,

Col. 3:1-4
    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

    Now we find two dimensions here. 

  • There is clearly a spacial dimension.  The things above, where Christ reigns, is contrasted with the things here on earth – where sin and/or chaos reign. 
  • There is a time dimension.  In the past “you have died”, in the present “your life is hidden”, in the future Christ will appear and you will appear as well.  What is now hidden will be evident

Paul here an in other pasages, most notably Romans 6, links the life of the believer to the events of the Gospel.  Christ died, was buried, was raised to new life and will return.  The believer dies (in baptism, to the old self), is buried (baptism), is raised (new life) and will be glorified in Christ’s return.  Look here at Romans 6

Romans 6:1-4
    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? [2] By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? [3] Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [4] We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
     (bold added for emphasis)

   

So then the “hidden in Christ in God” would seem to indicate that the life of the believer is secured in heaven with God, hidden from full expression until the end of days.  This in turn sounds like the point made in I Peter

1 Peter 1:3-5
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, [5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

    So there, not to put so fine a point on it, is something to notice rather than glance by with your eyes half opened.

FR

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