Today, for the first time, I connected these two verses from Colossians 3:
“3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
For most of my life, I’ve thought verse 4 was talking about Jesus’ “second coming” to earth. But it’s not. Look at the preceding verse for context. It’s talking about Jesus being revealed (recognized, apprehended) WITHIN us, AS our life.
This must take place, BECAUSE of the idea Paul wrote immediately before this, in verse 3. We have died. These are spiritual realities and won’t fully make sense to the rational mind. It’s just a spiritual fact. In God’s eyes, Jesus, as the firstborn, was and is the ancestor all of His spiritual children. When Jesus died, we all died with him. This is stated over and over in scripture; ignoring it doesn’t change it, it just keeps us from fully partaking of it.
Jesus is referred to by Paul as the “last Adam” and the “second man.” He succeeded where Adam failed. We were born physically with the self-consumed nature our ancestor Adam inherited. In Christ, we are born-again by the spirit, with the nature of God Himself. As we see this fact (Christ being revealed as our life), we will also bear that nature and be in a position of glory. This is progressive, and I think it is to happen individually, but even more importantly it is to occur in the corporate body of Christ, worldwide. But the foundation has already been laid, the work has already been done by Jesus Christ. Don’t look for Jesus to come in the sky – look for him to be revealed within you.