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We know not what we are. Federal union. 3. FROM THE EYE OF THE WORLD. Death to the world is life to God; the life in God deadens to the world. 2. Those of its highest joys, as when Jesus was transfigured, He was hid from His disciples by the bright overshadowing cloud.4. 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. ITS HIDING-PLACE. Colossians 3:3 Context. "Hid with Christ;" what a companion! 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. No man hating his brother can abide in this fellowship, no despiser of the poor, no bigot, no oppressor, no conceited Pharisee. 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. Christ is before us. We cannot be arrested for our debt since Christ has paid it; nor condemned for our crime since Christ has borne our curse (Romans 8:1). Think of its suffering; its relation with sin; its mortality, etc. There is no spiritual chloroform in the dispensary of the Great Physician. He who is conscious of it knows it by the richer interest given to his prayers. To fleshly persons this world is their all; they have no senses for the unseen which they love not. Mediaeval sculptors carved exquisite images on the top of pillars to be "seen of God."3. It is a conscious death. So we must not be prejudiced against what comes to us in the form of untried self-discipline and self-denial. What was a dismal compulsion before becomes a spontaneous and freewill offering now. When the black flag of rebellion is hauled down, the spirit of hostility is changed into devotion, reverence, fellowship, and service. Christian character is not a mosaic of moralities, but a growth. The soul wants something more than is supplied by public worship.3. We no longer aim at the cloudy excellence of imagination. Hidden! No, it is not vain. We understand only so much as we, by acting, know. Who has not striven to rouse the stagnant affections, kindle the cold desire, to walk closer with God, and render a more zealous obedience, yet found his efforts profitless as trees thrice dead. (c)He has fixed, his goal beyond all that is transitory; he is a stranger, a traveller, a passer-by.He is dead, and appears dead. Among the heathen this is seen most nakedly (Romans 1:28; 21-23). So the world judging by its own standards cannot understand the Christian. At every stage knowledge is the reward of obedience.IV. THAT THE PRESENT CONDITION OF THE BELIEVER'S LIFE IN CHRIST IS ONE OF CONCEALMENT FROM THE OUTWARD WORLD. Self-denying duty, love, and contemplation together advance this life; but not either alone. As the object of our affections. But this life is thankfully and joyously hid with Christ. 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). Ferguson.It is hidden —I. It could not act on his principles, and so thinks him a dissembler or mad (Mark 3:21; Acts 26:24). )The hidden lifeC. Christ is the pattern for the energies that form character. (3) On the contrary, we are under the government of a personal God. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. Colossians 3:3, KJV: "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." Outsiders could not see it. This inward life we have now to interpret.I. A few conquests over matter have flattered us into the conceit that God must look down with vast complacency on our attainments, and so we come to substitute decorum for piety, and fancy that we make ourselves acceptable with God. But we cannot trace the course of the river, nor see where it flows into the ocean of God's being. From the consciousness of spiritual deficiency. Promise of being manifested some day. THE REASONS WHY OUR AFFECTIONS, "MIND, THOUGHTS" NOT TO BE SET ON THINGS OF EARTH. Union with Christ: Life-Transforming Implications. "In God." This may mean —1. We have changed views and feelings in regard to God and His claims. H. Spurgeon.Standing by the telegraph wires we may often hear the mystic wailing and sighing of the winds among them, like the strains of an AEolian harp; but one knows nothing of the message which is flashing along them. Here is another parallel. 1. (1) We all feel that we are not what we ought to be, but terribly otherwise. (Paxton Hood. "The world knoweth us not because it knew Him not." We cannot see what is beyond our range of vision. unto God. "She that liveth in pleasure," etc. Our experience may well teach us how dark had been our lot, if the preservation of our spiritual life amid this world of sin had been left merely to our own strength. To be last, etc.3. We understand only so much as we, by acting, know. "Their eyes were holden."3. He does not in one act of conversion store the soul with a treasure of strength, but breathes into it more and more of His spirit, keeping the soul dependent on Himself as a child on its parent. True, we may be known by our deeds, but we are hidden, like a pearl in the sea, a star in the daytime. It is a willing death. Our goings astray are not mistakes, but sins; not merely dwarfings of our manhood's stature, but affronts against a heavenly Father. Call faith to your aid — "the evidence of things not seen.". And since, being finite, we cannot grasp the infinite, our nearest approaches to Him will ever be what we can least grasp or analyze. So we must not be prejudiced against what comes to us in the form of untried self-discipline and self-denial. Jesus is charity, and to live in Him is to live mercifully, fraternally, and liberally. V. ITS DEATHLESSNESS. Yet be encouraged; your redemption draweth nigh. To fleshly persons this world is their all; they have no senses for the unseen which they love not. Christ has not yet appeared. Meanwhile, in the presence of this thought, let all light afflictions be forgotten. 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. 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. Johannine Writings 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? 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. "I hid my self," is the sorrowful expression of impotency, and is not a wiser policy than that of the ostrich who buries her head in the sand when escape has become impossible.2. WHERE OUR LIFE IS. When the world's life is hid with Him, the bloodshed of nations, the overreachings of commerce, the unequal administrations of govern-merits, the barbarous contrasts in Christian cities, the hatreds of households, will yield to a constructive principle of heavenly order. God is unseen, and all relations with him are invisible. III. That faith, e.g., that every concern in our lives is contrived for us by a sympathizing God, a faith which embosoms us in a care so fatherly that we want some warmer word than Providence to express it, is not found except in hearts alive with personal love for Christ.III. Nature may be hidden in two ways; at midnight by darkness, at noonday by blindness. -------------------- The union between the believer and his Lord is a hidden one. The truths relating to God become fainter and fainter, and in some dreadful cases God is thought of "as such an one as himself." Perfection of character is not to be gained except by that inspiration; a peaceful progress in goodness comes only by that faith. Man is wide awake during the whole process of conviction and conversion. The more we live amid the distractions of the world, the less vivid is the life of the soul. When the world's life is hid with Him, the bloodshed of nations, the overreachings of commerce, the unequal administrations of govern-merits, the barbarous contrasts in Christian cities, the hatreds of households, will yield to a constructive principle of heavenly order. Suppose the past score settled by repentance, who of us but knows that he will sin again. Think of its suffering; its relation with sin; its mortality, etc.4. The Christian is seen of God, this must be enough. We have no power of judging except by the principles and standards we have made our own. "Dead," for how can life be sustained without food? Ferguson. Here is another parallel. 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. 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). All this is Christianity, neither more nor less. (4) What, then, were our life without a Mediator reconciling it? 3 Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. The world misjudges because it knows nothing of the inner experiences of the Christian life. Ferguson. With what different feelings will they be regarded when they appear with Him in the glory of the Father and with the holy angels. Feb 4, … How natural this is. Paul had that fellowship so palpably that he said, "I live, yet not!," etc.2. "Hid with Christ;" what a companion! From the native notion of perfection. "Canst thou by searching;" etc. Spurgeon. Christ has not yet appeared. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. The life hid with Christ in God is a life constantly invigorated by Christ's quickening spirit received by faith.4. And so it has been in the line of spiritual descent every since. We turn to a nobler warfare with grander issues. How highly we value it. Better be hidden with Christ than famous without him. God Himself is the hidden one. No man hating his brother can abide in this fellowship, no despiser of the poor, no bigot, no oppressor, no conceited Pharisee. It is hid from the world, not in its characteristics and effects, but in its nature and spiritual operations. The Christian has withdrawn from and is dead to this. Or do you perform all your actions with a view of being seen of men.(A. Most likely, it was not something definite — Stoicism, mystical Judaism, or the like. AS THIS HIDDEN LIFE IS OBTAINED, SO IT IS TO BE MAINTAINED AND PERFECTED BY DEADNESS TO THE WORLD. The life referred to is —1. Poetical Books Do you love the hidden life? What gives Christ's mediatorship its practical dignity is not only its display of Divine mercy but also its fitness to invigorate and encourage a spiritual life in the believer; and the most reverential view of God manifest in the flesh is the largest producer of daily holiness, as well as the dearest to the heart.2. 1. The hiding of our life with Christ corrects the error that religion is a product of humanity. MOTIVES FOR TAKING UP ONE'S POSITION.1. They lose the power to think of God. It matters not wherein we are employed or how. Divine rest. But this life is thankfully and joyously hid with Christ. You must drive off the devil and kill the world by putting a new idea in the mind.(Dr. The sounds, maxims, and pursuits of the world are unreal to the Christian. But what is that compared with the life of the soul? It is partly hidden from Christians themselves. Our soul hangs between the two, and as it is drawn down or up, it loses sight of that from which it is withdrawn.1. They cannot understand the world, nor the world them. It is an honourable death. But the life itself is not the less secret. 1. 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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. 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?" We have read many accounts of it. The less we live for things outward the stronger burns our inward life. It is full of mystery. That jewel must not be thrown away again. Communion with God, justification, assurance, Christian peace and joy, are all inscrutable to the natural man, because only spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 1:11).2. There is no spiritual chloroform in the dispensary of the Great Physician. When Christ appeared the world knew Him not; so with His disciples, It requires a Christian to understand a Christian. No sooner was Jesus gone than, with the widest diversities of tastes and habits, they were united in one common bond of a hidden life. (1) We all feel that we are not what we ought to be, but terribly otherwise. How highly we value it. But the example of Jesus loses its grandest inspiration when He is made to stand apart from His followers. What was a dismal compulsion before becomes a spontaneous and freewill offering now. 1. Glorious compensations — king in disguise.4. (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. Colossians 3:1 I. It is hid with Christ, Christ Himself was hidden when here, and is now to the world, and the believer's life is with Him as a river concealed in a hidden channel flowing beneath. 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. When sick what measures we take for recovery. One of the most frequent hindrances to a more excellent way is that men, instead of trying it, ask of what good it is. So the world judging by its own standards cannot understand the Christian. 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. That of communion with God. ITS RESULTS.1. But the moment our eyes are opened on our true relations to God we see that there is no such thing as a satisfactory striving after ideal standards, but only after reconciliation with Him, that the restless heart gets peace at the moment of the conviction that God is its friend. They lose the power to think of God. They cannot understand the world, nor the world them. The life referred to is —1. With Him. Had we the fulness of that life it were heaven itself. Nature may be hidden in two ways; at midnight by darkness, at noonday by blindness. But the moment our eyes are opened on our true relations to God we see that there is no such thing as a satisfactory striving after ideal standards, but only after reconciliation with Him, that the restless heart gets peace at the moment of the conviction that God is its friend. Fish.Dr. 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. When all the world speaks well of you, tremble.II. It is a useful death. It is hid from the world, not in its characteristics and effects, but in its nature and spiritual operations. And of justice no less; not that formal honesty, which is only a moral name for a selfish policy, not the legal integrity which has no higher sanction than the letter of the statute book, and so cheats the helpless or steals a competitor's reputation, but rather that spiritual justice which treats every man uprightly because a child of God, although only a servant or an office boy.5. The doctrine of spiritual union through Christ with God affects devotion. — the social life of the disciples hid with Christ in God.2. It is the life of love. (3)The Christian conceals himself. "Hid with Christ in God.". For in Christ every ideal of excellence is realized. II. How He comforts, confirms, and feeds. 1. We cannot see what is beyond our range of vision. They are certain. Men hang out the tattered colours in our national sanctuaries as honourable trophies. What slender bulwarks man erects. They lose the power to think of God. What slender bulwarks man erects. How highly we value it. In one sense it is not so. And of justice no less; not that formal honesty, which is only a moral name for a selfish policy, not the legal integrity which has no higher sanction than the letter of the statute book, and so cheats the helpless or steals a competitor's reputation, but rather that spiritual justice which treats every man uprightly because a child of God, although only a servant or an office boy.5. What made the difference? )LinksColossians 3:3 NIVColossians 3:3 NLTColossians 3:3 ESVColossians 3:3 NASBColossians 3:3 KJVColossians 3:3 Bible AppsColossians 3:3 ParallelColossians 3:3 Biblia ParalelaColossians 3:3 Chinese BibleColossians 3:3 French BibleColossians 3:3 German BibleColossians 3:3 CommentariesBible Hub, (c)He has fixed, his goal beyond all that is transitory; he is a stranger, a traveller, a passer-by.He is dead, and appears dead. That of communion with God. The last alone real, according to the gospel. The world sees the fire in the front, and they wonder that the waters of adversity do not quench it; but not behind, where One is constantly pouring on the oil of spiritual grace. (3) No! And so it has been in the line of spiritual descent every since. What slender bulwarks man erects. Our true home is the spot towards which the heart tremblingly turns as the needle to the pole. Christ is the pattern for the energies that form character. That is the beginning of all healthful obedience. Living as Those Made Alive in Christ. But the example of Jesus loses its grandest inspiration when He is made to stand apart from His followers. It is hidden for safety. It could not act on his principles, and so thinks him a dissembler or mad (Mark 3:21; Acts 26:24). They cannot understand the world, nor the world them. The greatest actions have not appeared on the public stage of history: they are obscure, un-chronicled, unmonumented, but God has seen and estimated them.III. It is a life of mystery. General Epistles The greatest actions have not appeared on the public stage of history: they are obscure, un-chronicled, unmonumented, but God has seen and estimated them.III. 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. But the moment our eyes are opened on our true relations to God we see that there is no such thing as a satisfactory striving after ideal standards, but only after reconciliation with Him, that the restless heart gets peace at the moment of the conviction that God is its friend. No man hating his brother can abide in this fellowship, no despiser of the poor, no bigot, no oppressor, no conceited Pharisee. It is hidden for safety. But —(1)Its principle is hidden. Man is wide awake during the whole process of conviction and conversion. It is full of mystery. Do you love the hidden life? Was it becoming at every Waterloo banquet to drink a toast in solemn silence in honour of the brave who fell? "He that shall confess Me" (Daniel 12:3).III. ITS NATURE. At every stage knowledge is the reward of obedience.IV. 4 When Christ who is your [] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. "The wind bloweth," etc. 2. The soul will not be content with its degradation. I. Perfection of character is not to be gained except by that inspiration; a peaceful progress in goodness comes only by that faith. We know in part only. Or do you perform all your actions with a view of being seen of men.(A. They cannot understand the world, nor the world them. 1. It could not act on his principles, and so thinks him a dissembler or mad (Mark 3:21; Acts 26:24). A reception of Christ would expel this self-reference and measurement. Where is it hidden? The world misjudges because it knows nothing of the inner experiences of the Christian life. The natural mind can think of God only as one with the world. For it is of God. In the deeper recesses of the heavenly state, when glory does not cast too dreadful a brilliancy; there meditating on the wonder that we appear with Him, that we have seen Him smile, that He has introduced us to our dear ones, that He will employ us in holy toil. Are you dead? How can He intercede for us but by a present acquaintance with our needs? Conclusion:1. 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?" 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. It is a willing death. The union between the believer and his Lord is a hidden one. All fulness in us observe one with its degradation world truth in all that He has done and is to! Father.. 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