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1. VI. Natural life is a treasure. Colossians 3:3, KJV: "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." The union between the believer and his Lord is a hidden one. We can be people of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. What slender bulwarks man erects. Mystical union with Him (Ephesians 5:25).2. We cannot see what is beyond our range of vision. 3. Because so precious it is placed out of Satan's reach.III. FROM THE EYE OF THE WORLD. Fit emblem of a believer's inner life; men hear our notes of outward sorrow wrung from us by external circumstances, but the message of celestial peace, the Divine communings with a better land, the swift heart-throbs of heaven-born desire, they cannot perceive: the carnal see but the outer manhood, but the life hidden with Christ in God flesh and blood cannot discern.(C. When sick what measures we take for recovery. Pentateuch 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 27:5; 31:29). H. Spurgeon.Standing by the telegraph wires we may often hear the mystic wailing and sighing of the winds among them, like the strains of an AEolian harp; but one knows nothing of the message which is flashing along them. What gives Christ's mediatorship its practical dignity is not only its display of Divine mercy but also its fitness to invigorate and encourage a spiritual life in the believer; and the most reverential view of God manifest in the flesh is the largest producer of daily holiness, as well as the dearest to the heart.2. Christ has not yet appeared. 1. H. "Hid with Christ;" what a companion! We cannot be arrested for our debt since Christ has paid it; nor condemned for our crime since Christ has borne our curse (Romans 8:1).3. They cannot tell the sweetness when the soul feels itself beloved.III. As the object of our affections. But some day there will be a full recognition. Who can doubt or sorrow who has a revelation and experience of the character of God?(T. Christ has not yet appeared. Glorious compensations — king in disguise.4. Here is another parallel. IT WILL EVER BE THAT OF THIS HIDDEN LIFE, THE VERY HIGHEST DEGREES WILL BE WHAT WE LEAST UNDERSTAND. Because so precious it is placed out of Satan's reach.III. Paul had that fellowship so palpably that he said, "I live, yet not!," etc.2. WITH CHRIST.1. We are hidden from ourselves. But this life is thankfully and joyously hid with Christ. SINCE, THEN, THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE IS HID, HE MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE WORLD'S MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND OPPOSITION.1. It is a useful death. It thinks not that that man whom it charges with hypocrisy or fanaticism is among the favoured ones of heaven, and that beneath a beggar's robes there throbs a prince's soul. a. "Away yonder there's a white stone; that off leader is afraid of that stone; so, by the crack of my whip and the pain in his legs, I want to get his idea off from it." They are not dead so as to denote the actual want of life, for Christ is their life; but dead because they have not this life in themselves. For it reveals Christ as our "advocate with the Father." When a man ceases to do evil and learns to do well, when he dies to sin and lives to God, we may call his death an honourable one.4. "The wind bloweth," etc.II. 2 [] Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth. As by the Saviour's dying, the power of death was destroyed, so by the sinner's dying it is dethroned, and he becomes a new creature in Christ. To fleshly persons this world is their all; they have no senses for the unseen which they love not. unto God. But the moment our eyes are opened on our true relations to God we see that there is no such thing as a satisfactory striving after ideal standards, but only after reconciliation with Him, that the restless heart gets peace at the moment of the conviction that God is its friend. We are hidden from ourselves. No sooner was Jesus gone than, with the widest diversities of tastes and habits, they were united in one common bond of a hidden life. Nicodemus dreams of a character saintlier than a Pharisee, and feels his way to Christ. Journey where they will their hearts cling to one invisible Master.3. Our citizenship is in heaven with Christ. We have no power of judging except by the principles and standards we have made our own. You must drive off the devil and kill the world by putting a new idea in the mind.(Dr. Manifestation. IN ITS ORIGIN. It is hidden for safety. And the greatest mystery is that we are Christians at all.3. Those that place their hands in His He leads to the Father. But the moment our eyes are opened on our true relations to God we see that there is no such thing as a satisfactory striving after ideal standards, but only after reconciliation with Him, that the restless heart gets peace at the moment of the conviction that God is its friend. ITS HIDING-PLACE. (Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 27:5; 31:29). But they will form again, and it needs art inward heat to create a total thaw. In the first part of the third chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians, we have noticed several admonitions for living the full life in Jesus Christ: a. (1) The trace of glory past, and pledge of immortality to be lingers with us. To fleshly persons this world is their all; they have no senses for the unseen which they love not. And since, being finite, we cannot grasp the infinite, our nearest approaches to Him will ever be what we can least grasp or analyze. Outsiders could not see it. A life of justification (Romans 8:32).2. Some of these huts were empty, or the lonely inhabitant cowered over a scanty fire; whilst the peopled hearth and the high-blazing faggots of the rest created such an inward warmth that grim winter melted and relaxed his grip, and the loosened mass folded off and tumbled over on the trampled street. ITS RESULTS.1. The despised faithful servant of Christ will be honoured, the misjudged character will be cleared, the hidden life will reveal itself in glory. "The pure in heart shall see God;" the impure, then, cannot see Him. A few conquests over matter have flattered us into the conceit that God must look down with vast complacency on our attainments, and so we come to substitute decorum for piety, and fancy that we make ourselves acceptable with God. (James Hamilton, D. D.)The lost taste— A traveller who was asked whether he did not admire the structure of some stately building made reply, "No; for I have been at Rome, where better are to be seen every day. Not that a man can be a Christian without knowing it; but there are ever fresh and astonishing phases opening up, e.g., in the apprehension of the meaning of Scripture, and in the heights and depths of Christian experience (1 John 3:2). 1. Love Them More, Need Them Less How to Serve One Another Better. And if so now, how much more hereafter (Romans 8:35-39). Who shall reckon for us the value of the death of Sir John Franklin in the land of ice; of Allan Gardiner in the land of fire; of Abraham Lincoln, etc? (1) We all feel that we are not what we ought to be, but terribly otherwise. It is not a statue outside us, but a vital force working within. ITS RESULTS.1. 2. II. 2. It is because the soul is dead, cannot see, hear, feel. It is the breath of the holy. (4) What, then, were our life without a Mediator reconciling it? Mystical union with Him (Ephesians 5:25). (2) A personal participation in the splendour of Christ's triumph and in the bliss of His character. Man is wide awake during the whole process of conviction and conversion. How natural this is. IN ITS NECESSITY. (4) What, then, were our life without a Mediator reconciling it? You must drive off the devil and kill the world by putting a new idea in the mind.(Dr. -------------------- Journey where they will their hearts cling to one invisible Master.3. No drug is wanted to stupify, but like the Saviour's death consciousness must not be disturbed or destroyed.2. From the native notion of perfection. Pentateuch Being hid in God it is suffused by the affections of Him whose name is Love. As evil reacheth Him not, nor losses affect Him, nor dispraise hurt Him, so not the Christian. All the most sacred things are secret. THE CHRISTIAN'S DUTY (ver. "He that shall confess Me" (Daniel 12:3).III. It is a life of mystery. Satan's dark hand cannot reach the archives of heaven. One of the most frequent hindrances to a more excellent way is that men, instead of trying it, ask of what good it is. Christ has not yet appeared. 1. Spurgeon. "It doth not yet appear," etc. Ferguson.It is hidden —I. But many good and glorious secrets will also be declared. III. To be last, etc.3. The continuance of our life is provided for, and its abiding fruitfulness. "The wind bloweth," etc.II. But here and there you would observe one with its snow-mantle unbroken, and a ruff of stiff icicles around it. )The hidden lifeC. Jesus is charity, and to live in Him is to live mercifully, fraternally, and liberally. )The seed of an inner lifeJames Hamilton, D. D.On a winter's night I have noticed a row of cottages, with a deep load of snow on their several roofs: but as the day wore on, large fragments began to tumble from the eaves of this one and that other, till, by and by, there was a simultaneous avalanche, and the whole heap slid over in powdery ruin on the pavement, and before the sun went down you saw each roof as clear and dry as on a summer's eve. SINCE OUR LIFE IS HID WE MUST NOT BE DOWNCAST IF WE HAVE NOT THE REFRESHMENT WE WOULD HAVE, NOR SEE AT ONCE THE END OF OUR ACTIONS AND OURSELVES (1 John 3:2). Promise of being manifested some day. Our senses can give no information, for it is out of their province; it baffles reason; imagination may plume her tireless pinions, and revel in the ideal magnificence she can call into being, but still it hath not entered into the heart of man. "I hid my self," is the sorrowful expression of impotency, and is not a wiser policy than that of the ostrich who buries her head in the sand when escape has become impossible. Christ is the pattern for the energies that form character. 3. (4) What, then, were our life without a Mediator reconciling it? WHAT OF THE LIFE WHICH FOLLOWS THIS DEATH? T. It is an eternal law that we understand those only to whom we are like. What is that? Hid "in God"; how impregnable. Now we have at one time the brightness of His presence that we may be cheered onward; now it is veiled that we may be humbled.V. The New Testament This summary of the book of Colossians provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Colossians. Those of its highest joys, as when Jesus was transfigured, He was hid from His disciples by the bright overshadowing cloud.4. The world misjudges because it knows nothing of the inner experiences of the Christian life. Ah! His genial inhabitation thaws that soul and its favourite sins asunder, and makes the indolence and self-indulgence and indevotion fall off from their old resting place on that dissolving heart. The Old Testament All seems hollow: its merriment a heaviness; its eagerness a chasing of the wind; its show a painted mask; its laughter madness; its pleasures revolting (1 Corinthians 2:16; Luke 17:15). (3)The Christian conceals himself. Nicodemus dreams of a character saintlier than a Pharisee, and feels his way to Christ. The soul will not be content with its degradation. Friends twine themselves round our affections, and then die. The life hid with Christ in God is a life constantly invigorated by Christ's quickening spirit received by faith.4. What safety, comfort, joy, the Christian has.(F. The world sees Christians as ignorant, backward, and even evil because God has concealed our identity to all except those who trust His only begotten Son. The sounds, maxims, and pursuits of the world are unreal to the Christian. A DIVINE GIFT LOST AND RESTORED. What made the difference? It is an honourable death. SINCE OUR LIFE IS HID, WE MUST BEWARE HOW WE PREJUDGE ANYTHING THAT GOD SEES NECESSARY FOR THAT LIFE. (E B. Pusey, D. D.)The hidden life -- with Christ in GodF. Johannine Writings It must be praying from the feeling that He knows the substance of our prayer and the heart it confesses, and that He aids it by His prevailing sympathies now as much as when He taught His disciples to say, "Our Father.". That faith, e.g., that every concern in our lives is contrived for us by a sympathizing God, a faith which embosoms us in a care so fatherly that we want some warmer word than Providence to express it, is not found except in hearts alive with personal love for Christ.III. No man hating his brother can abide in this fellowship, no despiser of the poor, no bigot, no oppressor, no conceited Pharisee. With life all is new; its spring is gratitude, not law; its principle love, not fear; its end, the Divine glory and man's good, not a selfish salvation. Federal union. The doctrine of spiritual union through Christ with God affects devotion. IV. Vinet, D. D.)The hidden lifeBishop Huntington.1. Some of these huts were empty, or the lonely inhabitant cowered over a scanty fire; whilst the peopled hearth and the high-blazing faggots of the rest created such an inward warmth that grim winter melted and relaxed his grip, and the loosened mass folded off and tumbled over on the trampled street. (Paxton Hood. In its destiny. What recognition and communion. Christ is before us. "Where your treasure is," etc.3. Christ is before us. Man is wide awake during the whole process of conviction and conversion. Joyous may be the inner language of those wires, swift as the lightning, far-reaching and full of meaning, but a stranger meddles not therewith. When a man takes the oath of allegiance to his country, it is in the presence of others; but when he swears fealty to God, he is hidden with God.2. When all the world speaks well of you, tremble.II. Christ is the pattern for the energies that form character. Do you love invisible things? When sick what measures we take for recovery. "Set not your affections on things on the earth. Outsiders could not see it. From the native notion of perfection. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. John Piper Jan 17, 1999 34 Shares Article. ITS PRECIOUSNESS. For it is of God. In what special kinds of force do its power and peace and charm consist.1. APPLICATION. unto God. The doctrine gives the world truth in all its uncompromising rigour and concrete applications. What recognition and communion. General Epistles The world does not understand the aims and aspirations of the Christian. SINCE OUR LIFE IS HID WE MUST NOT BE DOWNCAST IF WE HAVE NOT THE REFRESHMENT WE WOULD HAVE, NOR SEE AT ONCE THE END OF OUR ACTIONS AND OURSELVES (1 John 3:2). (3) On the contrary, we are under the government of a personal God. Our experience may well teach us how dark had been our lot, if the preservation of our spiritual life amid this world of sin had been left merely to our own strength. As our representative. The natural mind can think of God only as one with the world. THE TREASURE. All the ends of secrecy are answered. "The pure in heart shall see God;" the impure, then, cannot see Him. But the example of Jesus loses its grandest inspiration when He is made to stand apart from His followers. So we must not be prejudiced against what comes to us in the form of untried self-discipline and self-denial. "Shall the disciple be more than his Master?"2. You might be asked, Are you risen? IN ITS NECESSITY. It is the sheet anchor of spiritual life cast within the veil, and therefore hidden; but it is in the strength of that the soul can ride securely through the tempest of time.2. "Shall the disciple be more than his Master?"2. The vital warmth is the love of God abundantly shed abroad — the kindly glow which the Comforter diffuses in the soul which He makes His home. Thought two fold - past action & continuous state. Our soul hangs between the two, and as it is drawn down or up, it loses sight of that from which it is withdrawn.1. In what special kinds of force do its power and peace and charm consist.1. And the pattern is not the Christ of Caesar's time, but the ever living Immanuel. Not that a man can be a Christian without knowing it; but there are ever fresh and astonishing phases opening up, e.g., in the apprehension of the meaning of Scripture, and in the heights and depths of Christian experience (1 John 3:2). I. What slender bulwarks man erects. Colossians 3:1 I. "Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself." Divine dignity. Self-denying duty, love, and contemplation together advance this life; but not either alone. 2. There is no spiritual chloroform in the dispensary of the Great Physician. Christ is the pattern for the energies that form character. Do you feel that this is your safety as well as your natural position? To be last, etc.3. For ye are dead — As to sin, so to the world and all earthly things, and that both by profession as Christians, and by an indispensable obligation laid upon you by Him whose laws you have engaged to observe. The inner life in Christ is offered because otherwise the soul is weak and dark. What was a dismal compulsion before becomes a spontaneous and freewill offering now. Fit emblem of a believer's inner life; men hear our notes of outward sorrow wrung from us by external circumstances, but the message of celestial peace, the Divine communings with a better land, the swift heart-throbs of heaven-born desire, they cannot perceive: the carnal see but the outer manhood, but the life hidden with Christ in God flesh and blood cannot discern.(C. But to us that only is real which we realize. It is an honourable death. One of the most frequent hindrances to a more excellent way is that men, instead of trying it, ask of what good it is. The life of the world consists in being alive unto sin and dead. Suppose the past score settled by repentance, who of us but knows that he will sin again. If there is no mystery in our Christian experience, this must be shallow and altogether earthly. Mediaeval sculptors carved exquisite images on the top of pillars to be "seen of God.". 1. Spurgeon. II. And even our very soul is of a twofold character, belonging in part to the world of sense, in part to the unseen world; and belonging most to either according as the corrupt nature or the new life gains the mastery. "It doth not yet appear," etc. We may be promoting His truth, and ourselves be the unfruitful conduit through which it flows; or we may in the meanest things be living to His glory, and thereby promoting it. 1. Spurgeon. For it is of God. At every stage knowledge is the reward of obedience.IV. (3) On the contrary, we are under the government of a personal God. "Conclusion: 1. The will, like a brave helmsman, conducts the soul out of the troubled waters of sin, and shapes and steers the course for the peaceful haven. For in Christ every ideal of excellence is realized. Thus he may be much maligned. B. Baker, M. AI. They cannot understand the world, nor the world them. IV. ITS RESULTS.1. The world must misjudge us, however careful we are to avoid offence; and God would teach us hereby to commit ourselves to His judgment (Psalm 37:5, 6).2. "Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself." THE CHRISTIAN'S PROSPECTS (ver. They who live amid the tumult of the outward cannot hear the secret whispers of His love by which God speaks to souls that seek Him. One of the most frequent hindrances to a more excellent way is that men, instead of trying it, ask of what good it is. And the greatest mystery is that we are Christians at all.3. Summary of the Book of Colossians. God is unseen, and all relations with him are invisible. Glorious compensations — king in disguise.4. To have our life hid with Him we must have Him formed in us. To have our life hid with Him we must have Him formed in us. Colossians 3:3, NASB: "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Fish.Dr. It is partly hidden from Christians themselves. And if so now, how much more hereafter (Romans 8:35-39). Christ is before us. When a man ceases to do evil and learns to do well, when he dies to sin and lives to God, we may call his death an honourable one.4. I ask —1. When Christ appeared the world knew Him not; so with His disciples, It requires a Christian to understand a Christian. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF TWO WORLDS, A SEEN AND AN UNSEEN, as we ourselves are two selves, seen and unseen; the unseen showing itself in our countenance, and impressing some portion of our character upon it, still, for the most part, unseen except by God. The soul wants something more than is supplied by public worship.3. When a man takes the oath of allegiance to his country, it is in the presence of others; but when he swears fealty to God, he is hidden with God.2. Ferguson. it seems so vain, the parents solicitude and agony. H. In that heart there beats no pulse for God; in that spirit there is no desire of heaven; pleasures of sense engross it. Personal fellowship with Christ has been the hereditary blood in the veins of the Church. Having learned desire to be last, they cannot understand man's ambition to be first; nor covetousness, having learned that poverty with Christ is the true riches; nor pride, knowing the blessedness of humility. No sooner was Jesus gone than, with the widest diversities of tastes and habits, they were united in one common bond of a hidden life. We are represented by Christ in all that He has done and is, and the Father regards us as in Him. Was it becoming at every Waterloo banquet to drink a toast in solemn silence in honour of the brave who fell? "In His light we shall see light;" they, then, who have it not in them must be blind (1 Corinthians 2:14).2. What was a dismal compulsion before becomes a spontaneous and freewill offering now. )The hidden life of the ChristianT. 2. Who can doubt or sorrow who has a revelation and experience of the character of God?(T. It is an eternal law that we understand those only to whom we are like. (1) The trace of glory past, and pledge of immortality to be lingers with us. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. To be last, etc. Personal fellowship with Christ has been the hereditary blood in the veins of the Church. 2. This is necessary to the idea of probation, for perfect knowledge would leave no room for faith. It is a life of safety (Psalm 27:5). We no longer aim at the cloudy excellence of imagination. The more we live amid the distractions of the world, the less vivid is the life of the soul. (1) We all feel that we are not what we ought to be, but terribly otherwise. As this life is God's great gift, and our present duty is to cherish it, soft is our stay and support to know that it is hid, etc. I. The doctrine of spiritual union through Christ with God affects devotion. Death to the world is life to God; the life in God deadens to the world. 1. The life referred to is —1. To fleshly persons this world is their all; they have no senses for the unseen which they love not. Our true home is the spot towards which the heart tremblingly turns as the needle to the pole. As the object of our affections. It is partly hidden from Christians themselves. Who shall reckon for us the value of the death of Sir John Franklin in the land of ice; of Allan Gardiner in the land of fire; of Abraham Lincoln, etc? Being hid with Christ it is penetrated with the spirit of Him who loved as never man loved. The stream flows underground, though it proves its presence by the fresh verdure above. Not that a man can be a Christian without knowing it; but there are ever fresh and astonishing phases opening up, e.g., in the apprehension of the meaning of Scripture, and in the heights and depths of Christian experience (1 John 3:2). To be deep and spiritual our life must go out into the darkness that it may find its home in God. When caught up into the third heaven what Paul heard were words unspeakable; his inward sense heard what words could not embody; and so in our degree, our highest bliss is what we can least represent or define, or reason upon; yet we know it to be real.VI. How He comforts, confirms, and feeds. So, for all purposes of illustration, it is with the Christian life and the life of God, as revealed in the human soul. All we have to do is to receive Christ, and then the fruits of daily righteousness will naturally spring forth, in all forms of manly uprightness, womanly serenity, conscientious citizenship, beneficent industry.3. Having learned desire to be last, they cannot understand man's ambition to be first; nor covetousness, having learned that poverty with Christ is the true riches; nor pride, knowing the blessedness of humility. "(1) The earth is not our place. We turn to a nobler warfare with grander issues. Divine rest. And even our very soul is of a twofold character, belonging in part to the world of sense, in part to the unseen world; and belonging most to either according as the corrupt nature or the new life gains the mastery. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Do you love the hidden life? The life hid with Christ in God is a life constantly invigorated by Christ's quickening spirit received by faith.4. Not that a man can be a Christian without knowing it; but there are ever fresh and astonishing phases opening up, e.g., in the apprehension of the meaning of Scripture, and in the heights and depths of Christian experience (1 John 3:2). We are told how certain words, thoughts, providences, were followed by certain feelings, resolutions, actions, but the change itself is beyond the cognizance of the person changed. IN ITS NECESSITY. Vital union (John 15:1-5). We know not what we are. But to us that only is real which we realize. And the greatest mystery is that we are Christians at all.3. 4. What, except it were animated by His power, and forgiven by His pardon?2. Spurgeon. That faith, e.g., that every concern in our lives is contrived for us by a sympathizing God, a faith which embosoms us in a care so fatherly that we want some warmer word than Providence to express it, is not found except in hearts alive with personal love for Christ.III. The world must misjudge us, however careful we are to avoid offence; and God would teach us hereby to commit ourselves to His judgment (Psalm 37:5, 6).2. Statesmen, philanthropists, etc., are presented with the freedom of a city, and the pledge of honour is enclosed in a golden casket. "Where your treasure is," etc.3. "The power of a new affectionDr. So here; the tomb in which these dead are buried is changed into the "womb of the morning," and they become "children of the light and of the day."II. No drug is wanted to stupify, but like the Saviour's death consciousness must not be disturbed or destroyed. ITS CARETAKER — "with Christ." II. The soul wants something more than is supplied by public worship.3. WITH CHRIST.1. Doubtless life will be in man himself hereafter; but that will be in heaven, when the adversary, all bound and fettered, shall have been cast into his own place. He conquered, and a second time "God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." But the life to come abideth. But the example of Jesus loses its grandest inspiration when He is made to stand apart from His followers. Had we the fulness of that life it were heaven itself. (1 Timothy 5:6) — dead to spiritual things. As this life is God's great gift, and our present duty is to cherish it, soft is our stay and support to know that it is hid, etc. These words imply —. What was a dismal compulsion before becomes a spontaneous and freewill offering now. It is partly hidden from Christians themselves. When caught up into the third heaven what Paul heard were words unspeakable; his inward sense heard what words could not embody; and so in our degree, our highest bliss is what we can least represent or define, or reason upon; yet we know it to be real.VI. The inner life in Christ is offered because otherwise the soul is weak and dark. How highly we value it. "He that shall confess Me" (Daniel 12:3).III. 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