Long ago a man said to me, “I don’t like sermons on hell. Tell me more about the meek and lowly Jesus.” It is the meek and lowly Jesus who gave us most of our information about hell. He took the last verse of Isaiah and the Valley of Hinnom and compounded them into the most fearful picture of future punishment to be found in the Bible.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Some escape the tyranny of self to a great degree by a new vocation, a new love. But some day the vocation may have to be abandoned, the loved one may die. Christ offers us the highest deliverance, not in a cause of in a philosophy or even in “Christian work,” but in Himself. Some dear souls become interested in a new truth like the victorious life and make a fad of it, but still do not get through to Him who is our life.
We are dead, our old self has been nailed to the cross and we are to reckon it a fact, yield ourselves to God and obey Him. It is the message of this third chapter of Colossians as of the sixth chapter of Romans. Self does not crucify self but submits to crucifixion as the Spirit works it out in experience. But we do not major on dying, we rise from the grave to walk in newness of life, freed from the shackles of the old life.
If we lose ourselves in anything less than Christ Himself there is not full deliverance. Only “with Christ in God” are we in a safe hiding place.