March 24, 2020

Hidden with Christ

Devotional by: Chase Selcer

"For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." ~ Colossians 3:3

When you hear the word hidden, what comes to mind?

Maybe it’s the game of hide-and-seek you play with your kids or that frustrating feeling of losing—sorry, “misplacing”—your car keys. Regardless, when something is hidden, it’s out of sight.

In his letter to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul uses this language to describe our relationship with Jesus. The word translated “hidden” in Colossians 3:3 is the Greek word kryptō. Look familiar? It should, because from it we get English words like cryptic and cryptocurrency.

Biblically, it’s the same word Jesus uses in his parable of the hidden treasure—the kingdom is like treasure hidden (kryptō) in a field. The writer of Hebrews uses this word to describe what Moses’ parents did to protect him from the wicked king—he was hidden (kryptō) for three months.

Not unlike your missing car keys, the treasure hidden in a field, and baby Moses, Paul says God’s people are hidden with Christ. You are out of sight, covered and secure, because you are in Christ. In fact, if you were to ask Paul what it means to be in Christ, I believe he would point you to his statement in Colossians 3:3. To be in Christ, Paul says, is to be hidden with him.

Think about what this means. Since you are hidden with Christ, the Father no longer sees your sin—he sees his sinless Son in your place. This is why Paul can reflect on the work of Christ and say for those of us “in him” that we are the “righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).

Believer, if you are hidden in Christ, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what has been done to you. That no longer defines you. You are the righteousness of God, hidden with Christ. In the weeks to follow, our teaching series In Christ will explore more fully what this truth means and why it is good news for us today.

Passages for Further Study
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Ephesians 2:4-7
Philippians 3:8-10