Wrapped up in God
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
I have been thinking a lot about this verse lately. It is an amazing statement by Paul. I believe what Paul is saying here is that I am dead. As he has said elsewhere, I no longer live. I am no longer my own person. Why? I gave that up when I came to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, died on a cross for my sin and was resurrected to rule and reign. Paul described my death as me being crucified with Christ. The person I was, was put to death on the cross with Christ and now the life I have is only through faith in Christ. As Paul said “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Gal. 2:20 (NASB)
My life is joined with Christ in God. I think of it in the following way: I am one with Christ and we are both wrapped up in God (I AM, YHWH and “Father” hereinafter). The way I picture this in my mind is like the hamster in his plastic ball. Christ and I are one and everywhere we go we are surrounded by God. We are wrapped up in Him. I cannot go anywhere without God. I think this is a very powerful and liberating thought. And that put together with the fact that nothing can separate me from God is even more astounding.
This is evidence to me that God is not some superior being out there in the universe or heaven or whatever. He is with me every second of everyday. He is in me, He surrounds me and He permeates every fiber of my being. He never leaves, me even if I sin! Christ and I are joined together and we are encased in Father and powered by His Holy Spirit. I am never alone. I am never powerless. I am always loved and accepted by my God! You may remember David said that even if I go down to Sheol God is with me. I do not have to face life alone. I am in union with Christ. Oh to truly comprehend the ramifications of this Truth!
I picture it like Christ and I have become the weld that holds two pieces of steel together. Before two pieces of steel are welded together you have two separate and distinct pieces of steel. But when you weld them together the weld literally makes the two pieces become one. The weld is the actual mixing of the two pieces together. The weld represents to me the union I have with Christ and the Father. The weld actually fused the two pieces together. The two have become one in the weld. And the weld is stronger than the two original pieces. If you pull the pieces apart the steel pieces will fail before the weld fails (if it was welded properly).
What does this mean to me? I walk in this world with God through Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit. I AM NOT ALONE. I walk with God. This means I have all the blessings and favor of God because of this union. I walk around with an invisible covering of God’s favor. Wherever I go God’s favor goes before me. I am not like those the unbelievers. I am one called by the name of God. I am one led daily by the Spirit of God. God’s face shines upon me. And if you are one who believes that Jesus is the son of God, and that Jesus died for your sins and was resurrected then you are in union with God and blessed too! Believe it, walk in it!
Wrapped up in God
First day of this blog. More to follow!