My Life is Hid with Christ
By David J. Stewart
Colossians 3:3, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
The Bible teaches in Colossians 3:3 that a genuine Christian believer is HID WITH CHRIST in God the Father. What does it mean for one's life to be hid with Christ? Jesus tells us in John 7:7 that the world would reject and hate us, slander us and attack us, abuse us even unto death, as the world did to Him; because Christ and His disciples testify against the world, that their deeds thereof are evil...
John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”
What a statement! Jesus testified against the world that its deeds are evil. This is so contrary to what most people errantly think about Christ. Many people would never portray the Lord as testifying against the evils of the world. The Spirit of Jesus Christ today lives in the body of every believer (Romans 8:9), teaching us to testify against the evil in the world. John 7:7 is so powerful. Just as Jesus uncompromisingly preached against sin, so are we to do the same if we are to be hid in Christ. Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
The average believer today is NOT hid with Christ; but rather, they are befriending the sinful world. Proverb 11:21, “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” This is what the world is doing today, joining hand in hand in unity against God. Proverb 16:5, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Just because everyone is going in the same direction doesn't mean they're right. The Bible warns that the wicked shall not go UNPUNISHED. All of the liars, thieves, and swindlers will be punished. We are living in perilous times (2nd Timothy 3:1-5), in a generation when business has become cutthroat. So many people are such greedy liars.
As believers we ought to testify against the world for its evil. This is what Christ did. Although Jesus didn't come into the world to condemn anyone, He did TESTIFY against the evils in the world. Jesus was a preacher of righteousness. I am very hated all around the world because of my online ministry which testifies against the world, that their deeds thereof are evil. In taking a faithful uncompromising stand for God, I have made many enemies. My life is hid with Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 8:34 the Bible says that the entire city of Gergesenes came out and told Jesus to depart and never return. They were unbelieving ingrates! Most people in the world today are ingrates and do not truly appreciate the blessings that God bestows upon them daily. Even 2,000 years after Jesus Christ walked the earth, people are still attempting to defame and discredit Christ's name, character, and miracles. Luke 6:35 says that God is kind to the unthankful and to the evil; but God's long-suffering and mercy will end the very moment a person dies IN THEIR SINS (John 8:24). You had better make sure that you DIE IN THE LORD (Revelation 14:13).
Many people who have seen my website ministry have persecuted me because of it. Luke 6:22, “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.” I have been often abused and mistreated because of my Christian faith. Jesus plainly stated that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34); because THE TRUTH divides families, churches, even nations. Jesus brought us truth, for He is the truth (John 14:6).
I've been in Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace my whole life; but there's another man standing with me in the flames, likened unto the Son of God (Daniel 3:25). This temporal life will soon by over, and all my sufferings turned into glory when the Lord shall appear. Job 19:25, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” As we have suffered together, so shall we be glorified with Christ out Redeemer. Romans 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” This earthly life will soon be over, amen, hallelujah! And all the things that nearly everyone holds so near and dear in this life—spending their lives pursuing things that are so shallow, empty, meaningless, and wasteful—will come to nought.
1st John 2:15 and 18, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. ...Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”
In Romans 9:33 Jesus is called a “Rock of offence.” Galatians 5:11 speaks of “the offence of the cross.” The Gospel is offensive to the unsaved. 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” By preaching the Gospel I am labeled a fool by this sinful world, and am therefore HID WITH CHRIST My Savior. I am associating myself with the despised Savior, Who was despised and rejected of men for my sake that I might be saved. I gladly give up my life to stand with my Savior; for my life to be hid with Christ in persecution, rejection, ridicule, cruelty, and harassment.
I gladly am counted as a fool for Christ's sake all the day. 1st Corinthians 3:18, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. And again in 1st Corinthians 4:10 we read, “We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.” What did Paul mean here? Why is Paul viewed as a fool, but not the carnal church at Corinth? Most professed Christians today are not considered fools for Christ because they never take a stand with the Gospel, nor do they testify against the evil works of this world. It's that simple. Most believers are saved AS BY FIRE (1st Corinthians 3:15); sitting-on-the-premises instead of standing-on-the-promises; doing nothing for God except fill 18 inches of pew every Sunday with their well upholstered rump.
2nd Timothy 3:12-13, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” This is NOT optional to the Christian life. If your life is to be hid with Christ, then you need to testify against the world for its evils. This is every believer's duty. There are hundreds of mainstream, very popular, apostate Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) singers and ecumenical sinister ministers, who never suffer any real persecution for God.
They're all sold-out to Lucifer's New World Order, trying to unite the various religious (at the expense of THE TRUTH), butchering the Bible, and even embracing the biggest demonic cult in the world—Roman Catholicism. It is a tragic time in our nation. Pat Robertson's website has over 500 articles promoting the Catholic Church and the Pope, attempting to make the Pope look like a legitimate preacher of righteousness. In fact, the Pope is the Vicar of Hell, a man of sin who speaks for Satan, bound for the Lake of Fire will the bloods of billions of sinners upon his hands for deceiving them (Romans 10:3-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15).
Most professed Christians never take a stand for nor against anything. They are like clouds without rain, useless. God has given to humanity the great responsibility and privilege of fetching souls to Jesus Christ with the Gospel (Psalm 126:5-6; Proverb 11:30; 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11; 1st Corinthians 9:16). God has given to us the duty to rise up against the evildoers (Psalm 94:16), and to stand up against the workers of iniquity. Galatians 5:11 specifically tells us as believers to REFUTE (Greek: elencho, meaning, “to expose”) all works of darkness. Hence, we ought to fight against the evil agendas ruining America.
We are living in a wicked generation that is so evil, women walk around hotels with a swimming pool 99% naked, standing in line at the front desk with their buttocks plainly visible, wearing the skimpiest panties and top possible. People have accepted this as the norm, simply because the underwear are colored. How insane! If you were to paint all the characters in the movie AVATAR flesh coloured instead of blue, it would look like an orgy of naked heathens. Bill Cameron paints the Na'vi characters all blue and people totally overlook the stark nudity and 99% nakedness of the characters. It is evil. Proverb 11:21, “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”
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