Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-4
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3)
When we come to Jesus Christ in faith, we are given a new identity. We died to our old self and were given new life in Christ. We become identified with Jesus; our life is hidden with Him in God. Paul had in mind imagery from the Old Testament that implied security and acceptance. Read these verses from the Psalms with this in mind:
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye, hide me in the shadow of Your wings” (Psalm 17:8).
“For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).
“Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind: In the cover of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You store them in Your shelter from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:19,20).
The idea of our lives being hidden with Christ in God suggests that we are secure in Christ and that we are protected by God Himself. When we face trials and temptations, we are safe because God will hide us in HIs shelter in the day of trouble. We are secure because we are hidden with Christ in God and, therefore, we have nothing to fear! This is our new identity — Hidden with Christ in God.
Lord Jesus, how comforting it is to know that You will hide me in Your shelter in the day of trouble. Because I am hidden with You in God, I am secure and safe. I have nothing to fear. I join the Psalmist in praying — “Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”
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