Well, here we are! The Monday after Easter Sunday! I hope your services went well and that you were blessed by the truth of the gospel! We had two baptisms at our church this Sunday! No, this was not spontaneous, but what better day to have a baptism than the day that Christ arose! It was a beautiful picture to the congregation of the reality that we all face if we are in Christ. We have been buried with him in death and we have been raised with him in new life!

In case you missed Friday’s post here it is: Who Am I? I Have Been Chosen. And if you long to see the other posts in the series click this: Who Am I? Table of Contents

Today, we will look at another facet of our identity in Christ. We are hidden with Christ in God. Let me illustrate this truth with Scripture.

Colossians 3:1–10 (ESV)

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

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

If you had just read Colossians 3:3 by itself you would miss the context of the passage. Thus, you would also miss the meaning of verse 3. For example, what would it mean for you to have died? Is that physical death? Most of us understand already that it is not physical death, but you would certainly miss what Paul is getting at if you only read verse 3.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Verse 1 reminds us, much as Easter should, that we are raised with Christ. In order to be raised something else must happen first. We must die and be buried. Then, just as Christ has been raised from the grave, we too, if we are in Christ, are raised with him!

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

This means we should no longer set our minds on the things that are worldly, but the things that are heavenly. That is where Christ is after all. We must have our minds set on Christ if we are in Christ. He is the one who opened the door for us to enter in. Without the cross and without the resurrection we would have no hope. But, by Christ’s work, we are presented righteous, washed from sin, and pure before God. We were crucified with Christ and raised to newness of life. Christ’s life.

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

This is our key verse, but the answer to how we are hidden in Christ cannot come yet. We need the whole passage to see what this means. So, I will come back to this verse!

When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

So, what does this mean? I think this starts to pull back the veil to the previous verse. Are we in Heaven with Christ right now? The answer to this question is sort of loaded. Physically, no. But, if we are in Christ we really are! We are hidden in Christ right now! That means that all God sees when he sees a believer is his Son. You have been bought by the precious blood of the Savior. That sacrifice is sufficient to cover you in Christ’s righteousness forever. No need for animal sacrifices anymore. No need for a high priest to intercede for you and forgive you of sins because Christ is our High Priest, who is always interceding for us on our behalf. When we sin, Christ who is our advocate, says to the Father, “Do not look at their sin. Look at my righteousness, for it covers their sin!”

At this present time, we truly are before God in Heaven because we are hidden with Christ. But, there is a day coming where we will appear with him in glory! But, until that day comes we best be doing something other than just waiting around. We should be conforming to Christ! If we are in Christ we should look like Christ. How is this done? The last half of this passage answers this question.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Put off and put on. Put off those things for which Christ died for. Put off or kill your sexual immorality, your impurity, your passion (lust or evil impulses), your evil desire, your need to have someone else’s stuff, your desire to make other things your god instead of the LORD, put off your anger, wrath, murderous thoughts towards others, your degrading talk of others, your obscene talk(or filthy language), your lying, and any other evil practice you had before coming to Christ.

After putting all that off then put on something new. Namely, put on the new self, which is Christlikeness.

Being hidden with Christ means that you no longer look like your old self. You should be conforming to the image of the Savior. Being hidden with Christ means that is no longer your old self that God the Father sees, but it is his Son that is perfectly righteous and pure that he sees. Put off the old self and put on Christ, for you are hidden with him in God.

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