Life in Christ comes with death and resurrection. Death is past but yet present, because the fullness of life comes later with a permanent and splendiferous transformation. Death is past because we were raised with Christ. Hence Paul writes about us as people who were raised with Christ to help us focus on the source of our life. Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).
apethanete gar kai he zoe humon kekruptai sun to christo· Col 3:3
Properly, this is not a statement about a condition; it relates something that happened. Paul is saying you died; by which he means that no-one put you to death. We decided to accept Christ’s death. We died when we embraced the promise of life. “Died” is never the last word. Paul joins our death to “and your life” Your LIFE was hidden and remains hidden, with Christ in God. The dying and the hiding stand in contrast. The first is done, the second, begun, continues.
You died your life was hidden and remains hidden.
O O ________________________
It is hidden not because of secrecy or unintelligibility. Our Father is the God of the mysteries unveiled. No sir. He has nothing to hide. If a city set on a hill cannot be hidden then neither can the glory of that city be hidden. Our life is not out of sight; God sees our life as it is both in heaven and on earth. We are in heaven WITH CHRIST now, He is WITH us here on earth, as He says, “Lo, I am with you unto the end of the age”. I have died, and I was raised to be with CHRIST! It is not for secrecy that he hides us! He hides us for our security and for secure communications.
The tokens of the hidden life do not always make sense to the observer. They are unusable by the outsider, just as the beeps and squawks on a debit or credit card reader as it communicates with your bank are unintelligible, even though you know it is saying “hi bank, can you process a 14.95 debit on the account of Mrs Fillup At-the-Pump. Please confirm that you receive this message and that Mrs Fillup At-the-Pump has the money in her account”.
Everyone can hear those beeps and squawks, but only you and the bank know exactly what is being said. Those transactions are privileged even though they take place in the public arena. This is especially true of prayer since even when our prayer is public there are intercessory unutterable groanings to which no-one is privy. This is how our life is encrypted.
In the following sentence an encryption code is applied which unlocks the meaning, in this case an algorithm that uses the preceding letter of the alphabet, hence J=I.
The transmitted message reads:
J xjmm sjtf gspn uif efbe jo uisff ebzt
The decoded message reads:
I will rise from the dead in three days.
This hidden or unknown element – the algorithm – is the kingdom manifest in the water-born and the Spirit-born person (John 3:3-8).
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The encrypted life is perceived; one hears the sound of it. The voice of the hidden life is not imperceptible. The departure station and the destination are not known. The source specifics and the goal details are not disclosed. They are kept undercover, classified, by God.
8 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.
Everyone that is born of the Spirit BLOWS WHERE HE/SHE WISHES
YOU HEAR THE SOUND of everyone that is born of the Spirit
you do not know where the spirit-born is coming from
you do not know where the spirit-born is going
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE FATHER IS DOING WITH HIS OFFSPRING
Because of this encryption we ought not sit in judgment over God’s children.
Christ is truly our refuge, a Safe Fold, a Place of Help and Comfort, and a Rock on which to build.