A thought out of Colossians has my mind spinning this Monday morning. If I’m reading it right, it’s a truth I’ve never really thought about a lot. A reality that I’d probably do well to have more at the forefront of my thinking rather than mired in some deep recess of mind. The thought being that I’m just like Jesus.
Ok . . . so not in every way . . . but He’s working on that. The Word says that God has predestined me “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). To forming me, and all that’s within me, into the very nature of Jesus — second Person of the Trinity . . . come to earth, fully man and fully God. That’s the work of sanctification begun by faith, continuing by faith, and to be fully realized one day, by faith. A work not of my own doing . . . though requiring my cooperation . . . but of the Spirit’s doing. The same Spirit which raised Jesus in resurrected life . . . the same Spirit which gave me new life by His power, through regeneration. So, while I’m not there yet, there is one way in which I am exactly like Jesus was when He was on earth. My glory is hidden.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 ESV)
When Christ came to earth He emptied Himself of His heavenly glory (Php. 2:6-7). In order to become the atoning sacrifice for all sin, as well as a faithful High Priest for all mankind, Jesus needed to be like His creation in all ways . . . fully associating with them as “brothers” (Heb. 2:17) . . . thus “taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Php. 2:7). While Jesus walked this earth His glory was hidden. His true nature was concealed . . . it escaped notice . . . in many ways He blended into the fabric of human existence. Me too. In that way, I’m just like Jesus.
Not that I divested myself of glory when I was born. In fact, when I was born, I was anything but glorious. Like David, and every other man, woman, and child every born, “I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5). But something happened . . . in my case, at the age of 19 . . . when the glory came down . . . literally. God in His grace revealed my need to me . . . and in His grace showed my His provision for that need . . .and in His grace gave me the gift to believe and to receive that provision. And at that moment when I first believed . . . BAM!!!! . . . the glory came down.
Forgiven of my sin through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Credited with a righteousness not my own, because of Jesus’ perfect and transferable life. And given a glory that will be revealed on that day when Christ, who is my life, will appear.
Paul says that this body of my mine which was sown perishable will be raised one day imperishable. Though it is bound today by weakness, one day it will rise in power. This natural body is destined to give way to a spiritual body. What was sown in dishonor, and is now being transformed into conformation with the likeness of Christ, will one day be “raised in glory” (1Cor. 15:42-44).
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.
(Philippians 3:20-21 ESV)
Like treasure hidden in a field (Matt. 13:44), though not seen beyond heaven today, we are of great worth in His sight — God having paid the price of His blessed Son in order to purchase us. And one day that which is now a “hidden treasure,” hidden in Christ, will be excavated and elevated and put on display for eternity as trophies of His grace. The glory is hidden . . . just like Jesus. But the glory will be revealed . . . just like Jesus.
If then you have been raised with Christ . . . and we have, Praise God! . . . then seek the things that are above, dear saint. Set your minds on where your citizenship truly resides. And wait for the glory to be revealed . . . His and yours. We WILL appear with Him in glory . . . and we WILL BE glorious! Just like Jesus. Count on it.
Because of His abounding grace . . . and for His eternal glory . . . amen.