“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.“
“and your life is hidden with Christ in God”
“Hidden with Christ” is a statement of our eternal security in Christ. This does not mean that it is hidden from us but that it is hidden for us. Jesus lays away our life in his. God reserves eternal life in heaven for us (I Pet. 1:4,5). The Greek tense of the verb “is hidden” means in this context that our life was hidden at a point in the past with the results going on forever. At the point we received Christ, eternal life began and goes on forever. When Christ comes (v.4), the life hidden in Christ goes with him.
“With Christ in God” constitutes a double shield. Not only are we in the bank but we are in the vault of the bank. God doubly safeguards the security of the person who trusts in Christ.
“With Christ” connotes identity. The believer has a fellowship of identity with the death of Christ and with the risen Lord that carries us to God.
No intruder, not even Satan himself, can separate us from God.
The believer owns a double security before God. God has locked us together with Christ in God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:31-39). God secures our position against the precarious conditions in life. Our own whims, other people or the devil himself cannot touch our eternal status before God.
When the Caesar threatened to take the life of Chysostom unless he renounced Christ, he said, “You cannot, your majesty for my life is hid with Christ in God.”
The eternal security of the believer is a matter of our position in Christ before God. This is something that Christ did for us. It has nothing to do with what we do. We cannot secure this position by the kind of life we live. The security rests in the death we died in Christ. Our eternal security before God is a matter of grace. Grace is what God gives, not what we do.
We do not become a Christian by what we do but by what we become. We are not secure in God by what we do but by what we are. However, what we have become and what we are impels us into a life that pleases God.