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Outsiders could not see it. In this, that being received into our faith in just these two characters in which we need Him,(1) Christ creates within the disciples the freedom that comes from the consciousness of being forgiven. We have, too, to feel in our friendships that the heart that beat very near to us, even after all its confidences, is hidden. "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." 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. "Hid with Christ;" what a companion! And the pattern is not the Christ of Caesar's time, but the ever living Immanuel. 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. In one sense it is not so. The life of the world consists in being alive unto sin and dead. At every stage knowledge is the reward of obedience.IV. What recognition and communion. "Their eyes were holden.". This fact accounts for the secret character of the life. I ask —. A reception of Christ would expel this self-reference and measurement. Author, Date and Place of Writing. The doctrine of spiritual union through Christ with God affects devotion. This life solves the old contradiction between works and faith. 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 world has not the key to the Christian life.IV. (Paxton Hood. Chalmers, riding on a stage-coach by the side of the driver, said, "John, why do you hit that off leader such a crack with your lash?" 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. Pauline Epistles The full meaning of our present life is hidden with Christ. Its source is our Lord hidden, streaming thence to us through the Comforter, discovering itself in holy aspirations, strength, victories; but since it is hidden we must not long for it as though revealed. III. I ask —1. Promise of being manifested some day. We are hidden from ourselves. "He that shall confess Me" (Daniel 12:3).III. 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. of Scripture. Nature may be hidden in two ways; at midnight by darkness, at noonday by blindness. 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. What gave value to the death of Christ was its willingness.3. Christ has not yet appeared. You might be asked, Are you risen? 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). 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. We no longer aim at the cloudy excellence of imagination. Being hid with Christ it is penetrated with the spirit of Him who loved as never man loved. The first fact that we encounter in the historic consciousness of the Church is Christ's invisible supremacy as its head and Lord in the private hearts of disciples and in their public organization and activity. Nature may be hidden in two ways; at midnight by darkness, at noonday by blindness. THE CHRISTIAN'S DUTY (ver. Are you dead? We may in the most sacred things forget God, or in the most common things serve Him. Ferguson. 2. SINCE OUR LIFE IS HID, WE MUST BEWARE HOW WE PREJUDGE ANYTHING THAT GOD SEES NECESSARY FOR THAT LIFE. The Christian has withdrawn from and is dead to this. A life of justification (Romans 8:32).2. In this, that being received into our faith in just these two characters in which we need Him,(1) Christ creates within the disciples the freedom that comes from the consciousness of being forgiven. He who is conscious of it knows it by the richer interest given to his prayers. Vital union (John 15:1-5). They cannot tell the secret thrill of joy in the hope that we are indeed God's, and shall be His for ever. WHAT OF THE LIFE WHICH FOLLOWS THIS DEATH?1. And since, being finite, we cannot grasp the infinite, our nearest approaches to Him will ever be what we can least grasp or analyze. Most likely, it was not something definite — Stoicism, mystical Judaism, or the like. From the consciousness of spiritual deficiency. ITS NATURE. (2) Security. nay, has it not been our lot to listen to the murmurings of far-off mountain streams we could not see? Do you love invisible things? IN ITS ORIGIN. 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. What gave value to the death of Christ was its willingness.3. Historical Books 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).II. 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. Pauline Epistles What slender bulwarks man erects. 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. 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). Christ having borne our life away we are dead. Among the heathen this is seen most nakedly (Romans 1:28; 21-23). H. Divine rest. Great store is set on it as men set upon the treasures which they used to bury. From the consciousness of spiritual deficiency. nay, has it not been our lot to listen to the murmurings of far-off mountain streams we could not see? Glorious compensations — king in disguise.4. 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). "Their eyes were holden."3. nay, has it not been our lot to listen to the murmurings of far-off mountain streams we could not see? The hidden is revealed. Christ has not yet appeared. Man is wide awake during the whole process of conviction and conversion. What safety, comfort, joy, the Christian has. It is the life of love. Spurgeon. II. It is our office to see how, day by day, we may be more hidden from the world, that we may be more with God.2. God is unseen, and all relations with him are invisible. 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. How highly we value it. (1) We all feel that we are not what we ought to be, but terribly otherwise. But they will form again, and it needs art inward heat to create a total thaw. 2. The world has not the key to the Christian life.IV. SINCE, THEN, THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE IS HID, HE MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE WORLD'S MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND OPPOSITION.1. What was a dismal compulsion before becomes a spontaneous and freewill offering now. )The hidden lifeC. To be deep and spiritual our life must go out into the darkness that it may find its home in God. (Bishop Huntington. THE REASONS WHY OUR AFFECTIONS, "MIND, THOUGHTS" NOT TO BE SET ON THINGS OF EARTH. IN ITS ORIGIN. Colossians 3:3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. They cannot understand the world, nor the world them. If Jesus be admitted in all the purity of His transparent soul as a visible witness of the conventional veracity that is satisfied if it equivocates by lying labels, or evasions in a bargain, and artifices in law courts, of the silly falsehoods of flattery, or cowardly falsehoods to avoid offence, who would dare to confront with them the look of His Divine rebuke? All this is Christianity, neither more nor less. And since, being finite, we cannot grasp the infinite, our nearest approaches to Him will ever be what we can least grasp or analyze. 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.". )The hidden life of the ChristianT. It is partly hidden from Christians themselves. The doctrine gives the world truth in all its uncompromising rigour and concrete applications. What, except it were animated by His power, and forgiven by His pardon?2. IT WILL EVER BE THAT OF THIS HIDDEN LIFE, THE VERY HIGHEST DEGREES WILL BE WHAT WE LEAST UNDERSTAND. )The Christian's life hid with ChristE B. Pusey, D. D.I. The Old Testament The treasure we could not keep is guarded among the regalia of the skies. As all waters run into the sea, so all fulness in us terminates in our fulness in Him. The continuance of our life is provided for, and its abiding fruitfulness.IV. The life of a tree, of an insect, eludes the physiologist. Do you feel that this is your safety as well as your natural position? The life of the world consists in being alive unto sin and dead. Let him mercifully refrain from judging those who in their opposition know not what they do. 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. 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. For it is of God. 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. Divine dignity. The life referred to is —1. Perfection of character is not to be gained except by that inspiration; a peaceful progress in goodness comes only by that faith. Journey where they will their hearts cling to one invisible Master.3. Ferguson.It is hidden —I. 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. We know not what we are. It is possible by some outside process to push the main volume of snow from the frosty roof, or chip off the icicles one by one. When men attempt to reason on this matter their processes are sometimes startling and their conclusions uninstructive. Being hid in God it is suffused by the affections of Him whose name is Love. Being hid in God it is suffused by the affections of Him whose name is Love. Impiety has entered into an unholy compact to amalgamate the two; but it is a covenant with death, and shall be disannulled. 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. — the social life of the disciples hid with Christ in God.2. Conclusion: 1. It consists in setting our affections on things above, and is in God with Christ. Fish. Ferguson.It is hidden —I. To be last, etc.3. 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. Are you dead? (4) What, then, were our life without a Mediator reconciling it? What gave value to the death of Christ was its willingness. "Shall the disciple be more than his Master?"2. What, except it were animated by His power, and forgiven by His pardon?2. 2. In what special kinds of force do its power and peace and charm consist. For in Christ every ideal of excellence is realized. The difference was to be found within. The inner life in Christ is offered because otherwise the soul is weak and dark. 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. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. The world has not the key to the Christian life.IV. Contributed by John Williams Iii on Aug 14, 2020. — the social life of the disciples hid with Christ in God.2. APPLICATION. It is an eternal law that we understand those only to whom we are like. We understand only so much as we, by acting, know. There is no spiritual chloroform in the dispensary of the Great Physician. Prophets and the old life is unalimented. 3 (A)For you died, (B)and your life is hidden with Christ in God. V. ITS DEATHLESSNESS. Mediaeval sculptors carved exquisite images on the top of pillars to be "seen of God.". That of self-dedication. And so, by sundry processes, you may clear off from a man's conduct the dead weight of conspicuous sins; but it needs a hidden heat, a vital warmth within, to produce such a separation between the soul and its besetting iniquities, that the whole wintry incubus, the entire body of sin, will come spontaneously away. What is that? The Christian's life is such; like one of those glorious streams born and taking its rise in far-off mountains, then descending the awful sides of the rugged hill, and shooting into light; then winding and wending its way through villages and fields, by cities and by towns; more or less quiet, more or less observed; then betaking itself to far-off country places again; telling, as it rolls, no story of its birth, and little of its means of widening growth; now watering the giant oak, and the graceful beech, and the lovely elm; and apparently lost in creeping its way by sedgy nettle-beds and banks covered with the hemlock and the weed; but not less useful in the one place than the other, till at last, beyond sight, it is lost in the distant sea. One of the most frequent hindrances to a more excellent way is that men, instead of trying it, ask of what good it is. "Where your treasure is," etc.3. 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. unto God. The sounds, maxims, and pursuits of the world are unreal to the Christian. It is hidden for safety. THE HIDDEN LIFE WILL BE MANIFESTED IN THE FUTURE. Those of its highest joys, as when Jesus was transfigured, He was hid from His disciples by the bright overshadowing cloud.4. (3) On the contrary, we are under the government of a personal God. Colossians 3:3 (NASB) A reception of Christ would expel this self-reference and measurement. The easiest form of self-mortification is a fervent spirit. 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. Expunge the Cross, and in what other gospel will you look for the glad tidings of forgiveness. It could not act on his principles, and so thinks him a dissembler or mad (Mark 3:21; Acts 26:24). "In His light we shall see light;" they, then, who have it not in them must be blind (1 Corinthians 2:14).2. It is an eternal law that we understand those only to whom we are like. How highly we value it. And if so now, how much more hereafter (Romans 8:35-39). "In His light we shall see light;" they, then, who have it not in them must be blind (1 Corinthians 2:14).2. (2)Its best parts are invisible — prayer, etc. b. 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. To be Christlike is to be perfect; to have faith in Christ is to be brought near to God.II. (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. It is a useful death. THE CHRISTIAN'S PROSPECTS (ver. The revelation of the hidden life. Because so precious it is placed out of Satan's reach.III. Expunge the Cross, and in what other gospel will you look for the glad tidings of forgiveness. As our representative. Its source of supply is hidden. ITS CONCEALMENT.1. They lose the power to think of God. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. - For ye died, and your life is hid, with Christ, in God (Colossians 2:11-13, 20; Ephesians 4:22; Philippians 3:20; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 7:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 3:23; John 15:5; John 12:26; Revelation 3:21).In this hidden life of the Christian lies the ground and the spring of the more outward life of thought and endeavour of vers. The natural mind can think of God only as one with the world. Angels love them.2. III. This inward life we have now to interpret. It is full of mystery. (b)To the world. It is our office to see how, day by day, we may be more hidden from the world, that we may be more with God.2. What safety, comfort, joy, the Christian has.(F. (3)The Christian conceals himself. As evil reacheth Him not, nor losses affect Him, nor dispraise hurt Him, so not the Christian. Suppose the past score settled by repentance, who of us but knows that he will sin again. B. Baker, M. A)Life hid in ChristH. So the world judging by its own standards cannot understand the Christian. We see ourselves surrounded by death, and amidst this death have earnests of life (Romans 8:23); but since our love is imperfect, so is our life and our sense of life. 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. This naturally follows (1 John 3:1; John 1:10), and Christians should take it cheerfully. Self-denying duty, love, and contemplation together advance this life; but not either alone. With Christ. 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. Because so precious it is placed out of Satan's reach. (4) What, then, were our life without a Mediator reconciling it? 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. 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