Posted by: Veroni Kruger | October 22, 2020

… Hidden With Christ in God

I years ago I was putting my five-year-old daughter to bed one night.  A typical Pretoria thunderstorm was raging outside, and she was afraid.  “Don’t be scared” I said, “Jesus will protect you.”

Her answer: “Jesus cannot protect me, because He lives in me and that means He must be smaller than me.”  Logic you cannot beat!

The problem was that she was focusing on part of the truth.  Yes, God does live in us, but He also envelops us, protects us, covers us with his love.  Proverbs 18.10 says God is like a fortified tower into which we can run and be safe.

Today I want us to contemplate for a while the part of the message my daughter was missing. 

Paul expresses this thought in an interesting sentence.  “…your life is now hidden with Christ in God”.  (Colossians 3.3)

It requires a relationship with Christ.  The opening of this verse reads “For you have died”. That means you have forsaken your old life and are now committed to serving God.  It does not mean you are perfect, only that you have changed the direction of your life from being self-serving to wanting to serve God.

“With Christ” implies that you have associated yourself with Christ.  It also means that by the grace of God you have been admitted to Him identifying Himself with you.  

“Hidden in God” means that you are not exposed to forces that God does not control 

There are countless Scriptures that confirm this:

Isaiah 54.17 immediately comes to mind. “No weapon forged against you will prevail.”  I am sure you can think of many others that assure us of God’s continued protection.

David gives another angle on this.  Where is God’s protection when we are confronted with death?  David is confident that even then God will be with us.   “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23.4)

Paul is just as certain of our security in God:  “For I am convinced that neither life nor death … nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8.38,39)

The crucifixion of Christ is our guarantee that God loves us – so much that He gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  Also that He is able to protect us.  Having paid the cost of our sin, having won the ultimate victory over our enemy (Satan) and our ultimate challenge (death), we can be assured that there is nothing against which He cannot and will not protect us.

We are justified in exclaiming with Paul:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15.54)

Let us pray.

Dear Lord, we bow in admiration and adoration at your throne.  Not only are you the Creator of the universe.  You also came into this world as an ordinary human being who was also God, and gave yourself as the sacrifice for our sins.  Today we can approach you as your children, certain of your protection over us in life and death.  We worship you, and give ourselves to you.

In Jesus’ Name,  Amen  


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