FOR YOU HAVE
DIED: apethanete (2PAAI) gar: (Col 2:12-note,
Ro 6:2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 7, 4, 5, 6-see
Gal 2:18, Gal 2:20-note
; Gal 5:24-note;
Gal 6:14; 1Pe 2:24-note)
is first in Greek sentence to emphasize this life changing event.
"For [as far as this world is
concerned] you have died" (Amp)
PAUSE AND PONDER
(gar) - Notice the little preposition "for" (there are over
7000 "for's" in Scripture) and if the
indicates, as it does in this
passage, that the "for" is a
term of explanation,
pause and ask yourself what is the Spirit seeking to explain? Notice
how pausing to ponder will always force you to examine the context.
You can (and should) practice this simple discipline every time you
encounter a for, and while not every instance is a term of
explanation, a "for" at the beginning of a verse is almost
always used in that grammatical sense. I can assure you that if you
begin to "pause and ponder," you will radically rejuvenate your
"Read Through the Bible in a Year" program! You might even get a small
journal and begin to keep notes on what the Spirit illuminates and how
this truth can be applied to your daily life. As you practice
interrogating the text (for, therefore, but, so
that, etc) with 5W/H
questions such as "What's the for explaining?", you will begin to
learn to (1)
Read the Bible inductively (power
and to (2)
on Biblical Meditation)
on the Scripture. Meditation or "chewing the cud" of the Scripture (cf
Mt 4:4, Job 23:12-note, Jer 15:16) so to speak is a vanishing
discipline in our fast paced, hi tech, low touch society, but a
spiritual discipline which God promises to greatly bless (See Ps
1:1-note, Ps 1:2-note, Ps 1:3-note, Joshua 1:8-note, cf Ps 4:4, 19:14,
27:4, 49:4, 63:6, Ps 77:6, 77:12, Ps 104:34, Ps 119:15, 119:23,
119:27, Ps 119:48, 119:78, Ps 119:97, 119:99, Ps 119:148, 143:5, Ps
145:5) From the preceding passages which "organ" of our being is most
often involved/engaged in meditation? What are the subjects or the
focus of meditation? Reading the Bible without meditating on it is
like eating without chewing.
And so for in Col 3:3 introduces and explains the reason "living in
the heavenlies" (seeking and thinking the things above) is to be the
norm for each believer even though we are still on terra firma. Believers have died
to the world system (Gal 6:14-note),
through their faith and intimate union with Christ in His
death and resurrection.
from apo = away from +
thnesko = die) means literally to die off and so to cease to
have vital functions, whether at an earthly or transcendent level.
Apothnesko is a very common verb in the NT used some 111 times -
Mt 8:32; 9:24; 22:24, 27; 26:35; Mk 5:35, 39; 9:26; 12:19, 20, 21;
15:44; Lk 8:42, 52, 53; 16:22; 20:28, 29, 31, 32, 36; Jn. 4:47, 49;
6:49, 50, 58; 8:21, 24, 52, 53; 11:14, 16, 21, 25, 26, 32, 37, 50, 51;
12:24, 33; 18:14, 32; 19:7; 21:23; Acts 7:4; 9:37; 21:13; 25:11; Ro
5:6, 7, 8, 15; 6:2, 7, 8, 9; 7:2, 3, 6, 10; 8:13, 34; 14:7, 8, 9, 15;
1Co 8:11; 9:15; 15:3, 22, 31, 32, 36; 2Co 5:14, 15; 6:9; Gal. 2:19,
21; Php 1:21; Col. 2:20; 3:3; 1Th 4:14; 5:10; He 7:8; 9:27; 10:28;
11:4, 13, 21, 37; Jude 1:12; Re 3:2; 8:9, 11; 9:6; 14:13; 16:3.
tense of died is
aorist which speaks of a past completed action --
the truth (as mysterious as it is) is that believers died with Christ the moment they placed their faith
in. This same truth is taught elsewhere by Paul especially in Romans 6
(note the repetition of this truth in that section)...
Colossians 2:20 (see
note) If (since) you
have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world,
why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to
decrees, such as
Romans 6:2 (see
notes) May it never be!
How shall we who died to sin (Sin)
still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been
baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized (identified with) into
His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him
through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised
from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in
newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the
likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness
of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was
crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died
is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we
believe that we shall also live with Him (How many times does Paul
state the believer has died with Christ? Why the repetition?)
Gal 2:20 (see
note) "I have been
crucified with (Word
past completed action with ongoing effect/results) Christ ;
and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
of have died is
indicative which is the
mood of reality indicating that our death with Christ was a real event
even though we cannot fully comprehend the nature
of this supernatural transaction (cp 1Cor 13:12).
practical truth is that when we died with Christ in the
past, we died to the power, rule, mastery, enslavement to the old
Sin, which has now been rendered inoperative (Ro
away with" =
Word study of this verb katargeo) by the death, burial
and resurrection of Christ Jesus and our faith in His finished work
has brought into this vital, eternal, new covenant union with Christ
and His victory over sin and death.
To be sure the
presence and power of SIN (see
"the Sin") will continue to harangue us for the
remainder of our physical earthly existence but it can no longer
condemn us (eg, see Gal 5:16-note,
Gal 5:17-note). The question
that each of us must address to ourselves is "Am I living like one who
has died with Christ?" Since we have died and have been raised with
Christ, anything profane or offensive to Jesus should be profane or
offensive to us. Although our co-crucifixion with Christ is a "done deal" so to
speak, we still need to make daily daily choices in light of and
consistent with this truth. Stated another way, our position is Christ
is fixed forever, but this position should lead us to a practice
commensurate with that position. We no longer have an excuse for
"sloppy" Christian living. Now empowered by the Spirit of Christ we
can practice "death to
self" (and God will give us manifold opportunities each day!), a truth
often emphasized by Jesus as a marker of those were His disciples (see Mt 16:25; Mk 8:35;
9:24; 17:33; Jn 12:25
See Torrey's Topic on "Self
In this section of Colossians Paul is explaining what "death to self"
should look like in our personal moral/ethical life, our speech, our
interpersonal relationships, our marriages, our families and our jobs (Col 3:5-4:6).
Dying to self and living to God (Christ increasing, us decreasing Jn
3:30) is the essence of the
heavenly minded "much fruit" life (Jn 15:8) our Father desires
for all His children to experience so that their joy might be full. But praise
be to God it is no longer we
who are "living" but Christ living His life in and through us (see Ga
Don't misunderstand for Paul is not absolving believers of personal
responsibility. As discussed above, we must each continually make
decisions that are God pleasing, but now we do so empowered by His
Spirit (Gal 5:16-bite,
and His provision of grace abundantly available to every yielded,
humble saint ("the gravity of grace" - it flows down from on high! Cp
2Co 12:9, 10, Jas 4:6, 1Pe 5:5-note,
Lk 1:52, 2Chr 32:26, 33:12, 19, 23, 34:27, Isa 57:15).
giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
He sendeth more grace when the labours increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done:
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
- Annie Johnson
John Eadie -
Neither “seek nor savour” the things of earth; for having died, and
having been even buried with Christ, your sphere of being, action, and
enjoyment, is totally different from your former state. As Luther
says— “we live not in the flesh, but we dwell in the flesh.” When they
did die, their death was but a birth into a new life. (Colossians
3 Commentary on the Greek Text)
Spurgeon (click complete text)
has some insightful comments regarding the our death and new life in the
were natural men and discerned not the things that be of the Spirit of
God. We minded earthly things and were moved by carnal lustings after
the things which are seen; but now through divine grace a spirit has
been created in us which feeds on spiritual bread, lives for spiritual
objects, is swayed by spiritual motives and rejoices in spiritual
truth. This change from the natural to the spiritual is such as only
God himself could have wrought, and yet we have experienced it. To God
be the glory. So that by virtue of our rising in Christ we have
received life and have become the subjects of a wondrous change,-
“old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Cor
MacArthur - "By using such phrases as with
Christ (Col 3:1-note); where Christ (Col 3:1-note); with Christ
(Col 3:3); when Christ (Col 3:4-note); and with Him (Col 3:4-note), he
stresses again Christ’s total sufficiency (cf. Col 2:10-note).
Unfortunately, many Christians fail to understand and pursue the
fullness of Christ. Consequently, because of not knowing what
Scripture says, or not applying it properly, they are intimidated into
thinking they need something more than Him alone to live the Christian
life. They fall prey to false philosophy, legalism, mysticism, or
Rob Morgan commenting on
Colossians 3:1-4 offers an interesting sermon title "The Best
Christians are Dead Christians" noting that in Colossians 3:1-note Dead
People Have a New Master, Colossians 3:2-note Dead People Have New Values,
Colossians 3:3-note Dead People Have a New Perspective, and Colossians 3:4-note
Dead People Have a New Future. (Morgan,
R. J. Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook: 2002 Nashville: Thomas
The old life is dead. You are dead
to it. You will not be consumed by it; you cannot be controlled by it.
You have a newer and higher life. Let it have full scope.
You have a new life now; it is up yonder, “where Christ sitteth on
the right hand of God.” Do you not feel drawings upward? Are there no
longings after the high and heavenly estate where Jesus is? Come,
beloved, let your soul break loose for a while; and, like a lark that,
having found its liberty, ascends with joyous wing, singing as it
rises till it is out of mortal sight, so let it be with you.
You profess to be dead to the world; is that profession false? You
have observed that Scriptural ordinance in which you profess to be
buried with Christ; was that observance only an empty form?
LIFE IS HIDDEN: kai e zoe humon kekruptai (2SRPI): (John
4:14; 5:21,24,40; 6:39,40; 10:28, 29, 30; 14:19; Ro 5:10,21; 8:2,34,
35, 36, 37, 38, 39; 1Co
and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God (Amp)
you have a secret life with Christ (BBE) (Ed note: But He
should show forth to those around you! Don't keep the secret to
Your life is hidden with
Christ in God - In a word, you are eternally secure. No
caveats. No disclaimers. No asterisks. God says it. That settles it,
whether we believe it or not. If we are truly
in Christ, we are
forever and ever in Christ, independent of our frequent failings in
this present early existence. When Christ said "It is Finished," (
He put His irrevocable stamp on our eternal security. No works we do
can ever add to His finished work. No sins we commit, have not already
been atoned for by His precious blood of the New Covenant. Our hidden
life is eternally secure in Christ. May God grant us grace by His
Spirit to fully rest in this incredible truth in Christ. Amen.
A T Robertson
- (the believer's life) remains concealed, locked “together with”
(sun) Christ, “in” (en) God.
No hellish burglar can break that combination!
in Scripture is used (1) to refer
to physical life (Ro 8:38-note,
1Co 3:22, Php 1:20-note,
James 4:14, etc) but more often to (2) to supernatural life
(which is what Paul is emphasizing in this section of Colossians) in
contrast to a life subject to eternal death (Jn 3:36). This quality of
life speaks of fullness of life which alone belongs to God the
Giver of life and is available to His children now (Ro 6:4-note,
as well as in eternity future (Mk 10:30, Titus 1:2-note
on Eternal Life). Rev 6:15-16 affirm the futility of seeking to
hide from the judgment of God!
English = crypt, cryptic)
is a verb meaning to cover, to hide, to conceal, to keep secret
(either protectively or for selfish reasons). To keep something from being seen. In some contexts krupto means to hide so as to keep
secret (eg, Lk 19:42).
Krupto speaks of literal hiding in many Gospel
passages, but also of figurative hiding, as in Lk 18:34 (cp Lk 19:42)
where the meaning of Jesus' words was "hidden from" the disciples
(Cp Webster's definition of "cryptic" = having or seeming to have a
hidden or ambiguous meaning). In Jn 19:38, krupto is used
adverbially to refer to the “secret” (under cover, in hiding)
discipleship of Joseph of Arimathea.
There may well be a word play here (with krupto) which a Greek
would recognize at once. The false teachers called their books of
so-called wisdom apokruphoi (Greek #614), the books that were hidden
from all except from those who were initiated. Now the word which Paul
uses to say that our lives are hidden with Christ in God is part of
the verb apokruptein (Greek 613), from which the adjective apokruphos
(Greek 614) comes. Undoubtedly the one word would suggest the other.
It is as if Paul said, "For you the treasures of wisdom are hidden in
your secret books; for us Christ is the treasury of wisdom and we are
hidden in him." There is still another thought here. The life of the
Christian is hidden with Christ in God. That which is hidden is
concealed; the world cannot recognize the Christian. But Paul goes on:
"The day is coming when Christ will return in glory and then the
Christian, whom no one recognized, will share that glory and it will
be plain for all to see." In a sense Paul is saying--and saying
truly--that some day the verdicts of eternity will reverse the
verdicts of time and the judgments of God will overturn the judgments
of men. (Colossians
3 - William Barclay's Daily Study Bible)
instances of krupto in the
are used to describe Adam (and Eve)
hiding himself after his sin (Ge 3:8, 10) and of God's face being
hidden from Cain because of his sin of murdering Abel (Ge 4:14). In Ge
18:17 we see the first figurative use when God asked "Shall I hide
from Abraham what I am about to do?"
were secret police in Sparta, and the word at times acquires a nuance
of cunning. Secret sins are particularly shameful or abominable.
kryphaéos is a rare word for “hidden,” kryphe means “secretly,” krypte
is a “vault” or “cellar,” and apokryphos means “hidden” (e.g.,
treasure) or “secret.”
"to cover, conceal, keep secret" (Eng., "crypt," "cryptic," etc.), is
used (a) in its physical significance, e.g., Mt 5:14; 13:44; 25:18
(some mss. have No. 2); (b) metaphorically, e.g., Mt 11:25 (some mss.
have No. 2 here); Mt 13:35, RV, "(things) hidden;" AV, "(things) which
have been kept secret;" Luke 18:34; 19:42; Jn 19:38 , "secretly." (Reference)
compares kalupto with krupto - The two verbs, kalúptō,
to cover up, and krúptō, to conceal, essentially mean the same
thing. The first means to put a cover or lid over something you do not
want seen, and the second is to hide something for the same reason.
The noun kálupsis (from kalúptō), something covered (hidden), is
antithetical to apokálupsis (602]] , a revelation, an unveiling. From
the verb krúptō, to hide, we have the adjectival noun kruptón, hidden
or secret, and apókruphon (614]] , hid, which in the plural is the
name given to non-canonical (extra-biblical) books from
Hebrew-Christian tradition. In due time ("The Apocrypha"), God will
reveal secret or hidden (kruptón) things to us. (Exegetical Commentary
In the present
krupto refers to hiding so as to provide protection, thus preventing one from being
harmed. While we are hidden in Christ, we are not to the light
of Christ in us hidden from the world that is dying in
spiritual darkness (Mt 5:14).
concealed(1), hid(7), hidden(8), hide(1), secret(1), things hidden(1).
used 18 times in the NT -
"You are the light of the
world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from
the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
Matthew 13:35 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
"I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN
SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD."
Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden
in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he
goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 25:18 "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a
hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
Matthew 25:25 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your
talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
Luke 13:21 "It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in
three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
Luke 18:34 But the disciples understood none of these things, and the
meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they
did not comprehend the things that were said.
Luke 19:42 saying, "If you had known in this day, even you, the things
which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your
Comment: This is a
fascinating statement by Jesus, for it clearly implies they could of
and should of know about this day. This enigmatic declaration
begs the question - when is this day? What day? Jesus explains in Lk
19:44 that destruction would fall on them "because you did not
recognize the time of your visitation.” Why and/or how could the Jews
have known this day, the day of the King's inauguration (read Lk
19:36-38)? If they had read and received and believed the prophecy of
Daniel, they could have known this day (See discussion of
and Daniel 9:26-note).
John 8:59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus
hid Himself and went out of the temple.
John 12:36 "While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that
you may become sons of Light." These things Jesus spoke, and He went
away and hid Himself from them.
John 19:38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of
Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that
he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission.
So he came and took away His body.
Colossians 3:3 For you have died and your life is hidden with
Christ in God.
1 Timothy 5:25 Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident,
and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.
By faith Moses, when he was
born, was hidden for three months by his parents,
because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of
the king's edict.
'He who has an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to
him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a
white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows
but he who receives it.'
Then the kings of the earth and
the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every
slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the
rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and
to the rocks, "Fall
on us and hide
us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath
of the Lamb;
113x in the non-apocryphal Septuagint - Ge 3:8, 10; 4:14; 18:17;
31:20; 37:26; Exod. 2:3, 12; Num. 5:13; Deut. 7:20; Jos. 2:4, 6, 16;
6:25; 7:19, 21; 10:17; Jdg. 9:5; 1 Sam. 3:17f; 10:22; 13:6; 14:11, 22;
19:2; 20:2, 5, 19, 24; 23:19; 2 Sam. 14:18; 17:9; 19:4; 1 Ki. 17:3;
18:4, 13; 22:25; 2 Ki. 6:9, 29; 7:12; 11:2f; 2 Chr. 22:11; Job 5:21;
13:20, 24; 14:13; 15:18; 17:4; 18:10; 20:12; 23:12; 24:4; 28:21; 29:8;
31:33; 34:22, 29; 38:2; 40:13; 42:3; Ps. 9:15; 17:14; 27:5; 31:4, 19;
35:7f; 38:9; 40:10; 54:1; 55:12; 64:5; 69:5; 78:4; 119:11; 139:15;
140:5; 142:3; Prov. 1:11; 2:1; 7:1; 10:14; 11:13; 12:16; 17:9; 25:2;
26:15, 26; 27:5; Isa. 2:10; 29:14; 32:2; 42:22; 49:2; Jer. 4:29; 13:5;
16:17; 18:20, 22; 23:24; 32:27; 38:14, 25; 42:4; 49:10; 50:2; Lam.
3:56; Ezek. 12:6f, 12; Hos. 6:9; 13:14; Obad. 1:6;
Krupto is in the
perfect tense which indicates
that it was hidden at some point in time (day of your salvation) and
remains hidden or concealed which conveys the ideas of permanency and
irrevocability. The death (aorist tense) is over, but the
results of the hiding (perfect tense) of the life in Him
abide. Safe in the arms of Jesus, the title of Fanny Crosby's hymn
(which was played on August 8, 1885, when U.S. President Ulysses S.
Grant was laid to rest in Riverside Park, on the banks of the Hudson
River - but believers are safe not just in eternity future but
Safe in the arms of Jesus
Play Vocal by Alton Beal
Safe in the arms
of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast
There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!
Jesus, my heart’s dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is over;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.
As Handley Moule says,
"The ‘death’ is fact
accomplished, the resulting ‘life’ is fact continuing." (PTL!)
James Calvert approached the Fiji Islands, the captain of the ship
tried to discourage him from setting ashore on a cannibal island. “You
will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among
such savages,” he said. Calvert only replied, “We died before we came
here.” Clearly Calvert believed and lived out the truth that “For you died, and your life is hidden with
Christ in God.” We do well to imitate the lives of godly men like
James Calvert (cp Jn 13:15, 2Ti 3:10-note,
1Th 1:6, 7-note,
2Th 3:7, 8, 9).
Eadie explains our hidden life as the
"life is at once divine and mediatorial—God's gift to believers
through Christ; and the gift, along with its medium and its destiny,
are hidden in the Giver, as the infinite source. But this concealment
is no argument against present and partial enjoyment; for one may
drink of the stream and be unable either to detect its source, which
hides itself far away and high among the mountains, or conjecture at
what distant point its deepening current pours itself into the ocean.
The life is not said, by the apostle, to be hidden in itself, either
from the world or from believers themselves, as so many commentators
suppose. True, indeed, it is mysterious. It is not among things of
vulgar gaze. It is a strange experience; none can know it save he who
has it. For Christians die and yet live; nay, the moment of death is
that of life—the instant of expiry is that of birth. Yet this life is
now enjoyed—is therefore now a matter of secret consciousness, though
much about it is beyond inquiry and analysis. No one can lay bare the
principle of physical life; the knife of the anatomist cannot uncover
the cord which binds the conscious thinking essence to its material
organ and habitation. But the special thought of the apostle is, that
the ethereal nature of spiritual life eludes research, alike in its
origin and destiny. Its source is too high for us to climb to it, and
its destiny is too noble to be written in human language. As to the
former, it is hidden with Christ in God; and as to the latter, it
shall not be fully revealed till Christ come the second time in glory.
But it shall be ultimately disclosed. For Christ, with whom our life
is hidden, shall reveal Himself, and we whose life is so hidden with
Him shall also appear with Him in glory. When its medium is revealed,
its character and destiny shall also be laid bare." (Colossians
3 Commentary on the Greek Text)
Vincent notes that a
"new spiritual life is no longer in the sphere of the
earthly and sensual, but is with the life of the risen Christ, who is
unseen with God".
As Paul reminds the Philippians
citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Php 3:20-note)
Believers were a colony from heaven in Philippi! Christians are
citizens of a kingdom not of this world for as our Lord has said
kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then
My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to
the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm. (John 18:36)
in Morning and Evening writes that...
Regeneration is a subject which
lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to
take heed that we really are "born again," (Jn 3:3, Ga 6:15,
Titus 3:5-note, Jas 1:18-note, 1Pe 1:3-note,
1Pe 1:23-note, 1Jn 2:29, 3:9, 5:1, 18) for there are many who
fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian
is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian
land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of
no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it--the
being "born again," is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot
describe it. "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it
goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." Nevertheless, it
is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and
felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is
not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is
infused, which works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects the
entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature,
so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus.
To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it
alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other. If you have
then, been "born again," your acknowledgment will be, "O Lord Jesus,
the everlasting Father, Thou art my spiritual Parent; unless Thy
Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual
life, I had been to this day 'dead in trespasses and sins.' My
heavenly life is wholly derived from Thee, to Thee I ascribe it. 'My
life is hid with Christ in God.' It is no longer I who live, but
Christ who liveth in me." May the Lord enable us to be well assured on
this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned,
without God, and without hope.
Three thoughts are suggested by the verb
(1) Safety or security
Believers are permanently hidden, securely locked together with
Christ. Satan can’t break the lock and no burglar (even false
teachers) can break the combination. Thus a believer's salvation is
safe & secure with Christ (Jn 10:28).
Indeed as Paul writes elsewhere, who shall ''separate us from the love
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'' (Ro 8:35,36, 37, 38, 39-see notes
Believers are now intimately linked "together with" (sun)
Christ in (en) God. This picture expresses the fellowship of the
believer, his identity with his risen Lord. Ignatius wrote,
are then all fellow travelers and carry with you God, and the
Temple, and Christ, and holiness, and are in all ways adorned by
commandments of Jesus Christ.”
He used the word
which means Christ-bearers, and it is a lovely description of a
Christian identified with Christ, who is in the bosom of the Father
(cf Jn 1:18, 10:27, 28, 29, 30).
The believer’s life is nourished by secret springs and located “where
the world sees Him no more” (cf. Jn 14:19). Thus, his bent of
life is to be directed toward its source and away from the visible and
The Spirit of God testifies to and
confirms the simple, but almighty, security of the life that "is
hidden with Christ in God." Paul continually brought this out in his
New Testament letters. We talk as if living a sanctified life were the
most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most
secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it.
The most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live without God. For
one who is born again, it is easier to live in a right-standing
relationship with God than it is to go wrong, provided we heed God’s
warnings and "walk in the light" (1John 1:7) (Read
A B Simpson
explains that our life....
is hid from the world which cannot
understand us. It is hid from the devil who cannot steal it. It is hid
often from our own consciousness, and, when we think it gone and mourn
our lack of feeling, we find that Christ is still there waiting till
the eclipse is over to reveal Himself in unchanging love. The security
of our life is not in our experience, but in Him. (A. B. Simpson.
Christ in the Bible - Colossians)
T. R. Kelly has this devotional
thought (entitled "Constant Presence") on a practical aspect of our lives being hidden with Christ in
There is a way of life so hid with Christ in God that in the
midst of the day's business one is inwardly lifting brief prayers,
short sudden utterances of praise, subdued whispers of adoration and
of tender love to the Beyond that is within. No one need know about
it. I only speak to you because it is a sacred trust, not mine but to
be given to others. One can live in a well-nigh continuous state of unworded
prayer, directed toward God, directed toward people and enterprises we
have on our heart. There is no hurry about it all; it is a life
unspeakable and full of glory, an inner world of splendor within which
we, unworthy may live. Some of you know it and live in it; others of
you may wistfully long for it; it can be yours.
Richards gives an interesting
illustration of our new life with Christ:
In Tarpon Springs, a
little city about 10 miles from where we live, one of the major
occupations is sponge diving. The sponge diver puts a helmet on his
head, drops into the water, and as he gathers sponges he breathes
through air lines fed by pumps in a boat far above him. Without that
connection to a source of life far above him, the diver would be
unable to survive. Paul is telling us that we too live this life in a
dangerous and deadly environment. But we too are connected to a source
of life far above us. Whenever we feel down, or get discouraged, or
feel endangered, we’re to fix our minds not on what surrounds us, but
on what sustains us. The very life force of Jesus flows into and
through us. Because we are connected to Him, we will not only survive.
We will triumph. (Ro 8:37-note)
IN GOD: sun to Christo en to theo:
(Jn 14:19, Php 4:7-note;1Jn
can break that combination!
sun/syn which conveys the picture of intimate union,
bringing out the truth that we are now in (new) covenant with Him and
our oneness and identity with Christ.
As noted above
and worth repeating A T Robertson adds that our
life "remains concealed, locked “together with” (sun)
Christ, “in” (en) God. No hellish burglar can break that
combination." Hallelujah! Eternally Secure, held fast by His Nail
share a common life with the Father and Son (cf
1Co 6:17) that by the precious and magnificent promises we might
become “partakers of the divine nature”
Furthermore our new
life with Christ in God is concealed from the world and unbelievers are
unable to grasp the full import of the believer’s new life (1Co 2:14).
The true manifestation of the sons of God is yet to come in the next
world, so that people cannot see what believers really are like (Ro
Ga 5:5, Php 3:20, 21-note;
"While attending a convention in Washington, D.C., I
watched a Senate committee hearing over television. I believe they
were considering a new ambassador to the United Nations. The late
Senator Hubert Humphrey was making a comment as I turned on the
television set: “You must remember that in politics, how you stand
depends on where you sit.” He was referring, of course, to the
political party seating arrangement in the Senate, but I immediately
applied it to my position in Christ. How I stand—and walk—depends on
where I sit; and I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies! When the
nation of Israel came to the border of the Promised Land, they refused
to enter; and, because of their stubborn unbelief, they had to wander
in the wilderness for forty years (Nu
13-14). That whole generation, starting with the
twenty-year-olds, died in the wilderness, except for Caleb and Joshua,
the only two spies who believed God. How were Caleb and Joshua able to
“get the victory” during those forty difficult years in the
wilderness? Their minds and hearts were in Canaan! They knew
they had an inheritance coming, and they lived in the light of that
inheritance. (cf Nu 14:23, 24 regarding Caleb)" (Wiersbe,
W: Bible Exposition Commentary. 1989. Victor)
This verse reminds one of the
beautiful phrase in the Song of Solomon and although I believe that it
referred literally to a love relationship that Solomon was describing,
by way of application, this phrase certainly would be applicable to
all believers today...
"My Beloved is mine, and I am His!"
"I know," says the spouse (2Cor 11:2, Jn 3:29, Ep 5:31-note,
Re 19:7, 8,9-note;
"that Jesus Christ is mine! I can with the greatest confidence
and boldness (He 4:16-note,
He 10:19, 20, 21-note,
affirm it. He is . . .
And I am His!
I am sure that I am His.
I am His by purchase;
I am His by conquest;
I am His by election;
I am His by covenant;
I am His by marriage;
I am wholly His;
I am specially His;
I am universally His;
I am eternally His!"
A well-grounded assurance (1Jn
5:13, 14, 15) will make a man . . .
patient in waiting,
courageous in doing,
cheerful in suffering.
It will make a heaven in a man's
heart—on this side heaven; and make him go singing into paradise,
despite all of life's calamities and miseries—as he realizes that he
is . . .
everlastingly chosen and beloved of
that God's heart is set upon him,
that his name is written in the book of life,
that there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness,
and that nothing shall be able to separate him from
Him who is his light, his life, his crown, his all in all.
Ah, Christians! only remember what
Christ has done for you, and what He is still a-doing for you in
heaven (Heb 7:25-note,
1Jn 2:1, 2), and what He will do for you to all eternity (Ep 2:7-note)—and
you will not be able to spend your days in whining and whimpering.
Christians, your mercies are greater than your miseries! One hour's
being in the bosom of Christ, will recompense you for all your trouble
and travail on earth! Why, then, do you spend more time in sighing,
than in rejoicing?
Safe in Christ - British
clergyman F. B. Meyer wrote about two Germans who wanted to climb the
Matterhorn. They hired three guides and began the steep and
treacherous ascent. They roped themselves together in this order:
guide, traveler, guide, traveler, guide.
They had gone only a little way when the last man lost his footing. He
was held up by the other four, because each had a toehold in the
niches they had cut in the ice. But then the next man slipped and
pulled down the two above him. The only one to hold on was the first
guide, who had driven a spike deep into the ice. Because he held on,
all the men beneath him regained their footing.
Meyer concluded his story by drawing a spiritual application. He said,
"I am like one of those men who slipped, but thank God, I am bound in
a living partnership to Christ. And because He stands I will never
All of us slip again and again as we walk the Christian pathway. But
we are held securely by the Lord, and we can be restored to close
fellowship with Him when we confess our sins (1 Jn. 1:9).
Yes, we are safe in Christ (Col. 3:3). We can have the confidence that
He will keep us and bring us to our final destination. — Richard De
Although we stumble every day,
The Lord is always there
To pick us up, forgive our sin,
And show His love and care. --Sper
Our salvation is secure
because God is doing the holding.
Union With Christ
As Head of the Church -Ephesians
1:22,23; 4:15,16; Colossians 1:18
Christ prayed that all saints might have -John 17:21,23
Christ being in us -Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 1:27
Our being in Christ -2 Corinthians 12:2; 1 John 5:20
Includes union with the Father -John 17:21; 1 John 2:24
Is of God -1 Corinthians 1:30
Faith -Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17
Abiding in him -John 15:4,7
His word abiding in us -John 15:7; 1 John 2:24; 2 John 1:9
Feeding on him -John 6:56
Obeying him -1 John 3:24
The Holy Spirit witnesses -1 John 3:24
The gift of the Holy Spirit is an evidence of -1 John 4:13
Have, in mind -1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5
Have, in spirit -1 Corinthians 6:17
Have, in love -Song 2:16; 7:10
Have, in sufferings -Philippians 3:10; 2 Timothy 2:12
Have, in his death -Romans 6:3-8; Galatians 2:20
Have assurance of -John 14:20
Enjoy, in the Lord’s supper -1 Corinthians 10:16,17
Identified with Christ by -Matthew 25:40,45; Acts 9:4; 8:1
Are complete through -Colossians 2:10
Exhorted to maintain -John 15:4; Acts 11:23; Colossians 2:7
Necessary to growth in grace -Ephesians 4:15,16; Colossians 2:19
Necessary to fruitfulness -John 15:4,5
BENEFICIAL RESULTS OF
Righteousness imputed -2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9
Freedom from condemnation -Romans 8:1
Freedom from dominion of sin -1 John 3:6
Being created anew -2 Corinthians 5:17
The spirit alive to righteousness -Romans 8:10
Confidence at his coming -1 John 2:28
Abundant fruitfulness -John 15:5
Answers to prayer -John 15:7
They who have, ought to walk as he walked -1 John 2:6
False teachers have not -Colossians 2:18,19
Is indissoluble -Romans 8:35
Punishment of those who have not -John 15:6
Vine and branches -John 15:1,5
Foundation and building -1 Corinthians 3:10,11; Ephesians 2:20,21; 1
Peter 2:4, 5, 6
Body and members -1 Corinthians 12:12,27; Ephesians 5:30
Husband and wife -Ephesians 5:25-32