This is a true story. One day as I was reading the Bible I came across this verse:
COLOSSIANS 3:3 (Speaking of the saved person)
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Something about that verse impressed me. So, I jotted down the reference and wrote the phrase “hidden in Him” on a folded piece of notebook paper that was on the dining table. I decided that I was going to investigate that verse when I had the time. My main focus would be on the second sentence in that verse.
Sometime later I was sitting at the dining table again fixing up some bills to mail. The pen I was going to use had a cap to it. I took that cap off and laid it on the table until I was finished with my task. When I got through, I was going to put it back on. After I got the bills ready, I stood up to straighten the table up and I couldn’t find the cap to my pen. I looked everywhere on the table for that cap. I even looked on the floor to see if I had knocked it off. It wasn’t there either. I was baffled as to where the cap went. Needless to say I didn’t find it. It was like it had disappeared.
The next morning I was sitting at the dining table eating my breakfast and I spied the cap. It was right in front of me. Want to know why I couldn’t see it before? It was because it had gotten into the folds of that piece of paper that I had written Colossians 3:3 on. The reason I could not see it to start with is because I was standing up and looking down on the table as I was searching for it. I said to myself, “The Lord is telling me something here.” I began to see an analogy in this incident. I saw that cap as representing a lost person who has come to Christ for salvation and the piece of paper as representing Christ. When God looks down on the saved person, what does He see? He sees Christ. Why? It is because the saved person is “hid with Christ in God” just like the verse says. What does that mean? Here is the conclusion I came to:
A person is only” hid with Christ in God” if he or she has accepted Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. Otherwise, a person is not hid and all his or her sins are exposed to a Holy God. This is not good. Why is it not good? It is not good for this reason: When Judgment Day comes, that person will have to face the wrath of God.
Here are a couple of Bible verses that tell us that nothing can be hidden from God:
“O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.”
“For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.”
COMMENT: What are those two verses saying? And, how does it relate to Colossians 3:3? It would seem like a contradiction. This is what I think it means. There is nothing that we as human beings can do that can be hidden from God, but God Himself can hide whatever He wants to. Therefore, I would say to the lost person that you by your own self cannot hide your sins from God. Don’t even try. Adam and Eve are a prime example of this (Genesis chapter 3).
Here is a Bible verse that tells the lost person what to do to be “hid with Christ in God.”
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.
COMMENT: Notice that confession brings forgiveness. Isn’t that great! Lost person you may not be able to hide your sins, but God can. In fact He does away with them through His Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, go to God and let Him hide you in His Son. A good analogy of this is found in Joshua 2:6 where Rahab the harlot of Jericho took in two of the spies that Moses sent out to search the land, especially the city of Jericho. The authorities came to her house looking for them. Here is what the verse says:
“But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.”
As the story goes the spies were not found and they escaped unharmed. The stalks of flax represent Christ. Just as the stalks of flax hid the two men from harm, Christ hides the person who is saved from the wrath of God. The best way to repay the Lord for this would be to love Him and follow Him.
I would like to end this post with a song by John T. Benson, Jr.
HIDE THOU ME
Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my life in vain,
I’m tempted then to murmur, and of my lot complain;
But when I think of Jesus, and all He’s done for me,
Then, I cry, O Rock of Ages, Hide Thou Me.
O Rock of Ages, Hide Thou me,
No other Refuge, have I but Thee,
When life’s dark vale I wander,
Far, far from Thee;
Then , I cry, O Rock of Ages,
Hide Thou me.
Sometimes it seems I dare not go one step farther on,
And from my heart all courage has slipped away and gone;
But, I remember Jesus, and all His love for me,
Then, I cry, O Rock of Ages, Hide Thou me.
O what a Friend is Jesus, sure Anchor for my soul,
So tender, true and gracious, I’m safe in His control.
My help in time of danger, my strong defense is He.
O Thou blessed Rock of Ages,
Hide Thou me.