“For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:3
“My little children, for whom I am in the pains of childbirth, until Christ is formed in you.” – Galatians 4:19
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” – Ephesians 2:6
In is a powerful little word. James Bryan Smith reveals the power of this little preposition in chapter 5, “Hidden”. When the Apostle Paul speaks of our relationship with Christ he uses this little word often and applying it in different ways. Sometimes Paul says that we are in Christ and other times he means that Christ is in us. Which is it? Jim describes a how matrushka (Russian nesting doll) enabled him to see this concept concretely.
In one of the beautiful paradoxes of our Christian lives we are both in Christ and Christ is in us. There is mutual indwelling between Christ and his disciple. In chapter 5 however, Jim focuses upon how we are in Christ. He challenges us to practice the “reality therapy” of reminding ourselves that our “life is hidden with Christ in God.” One cannot plumb the depths of all that this means. Yet, we can rest assured that Christ has us. We are safely “hidden” in the very life of God and invited to draw upon an unquenchable well of God’s goodness and strength.
“My life is hidden with Christ in God. Indeed.”