Hidden with Christ in God
What does it mean to be hidden with Christ in God? In this sermon, J. Todd Billings expounds Colossians 3:1-4 and reflects on our union with Christ in both his death and resurrection as a man living with cancer. Christ, seated at the right hand of God, reigns supreme as King and Lord, and no principality, power, disease, sin, or even death has the final word against God. God writes the end of the story, and until then, we are hidden with Christ in God – both in the sense that our victories are often not visible victories and in the sense that we are hidden in the hands of God, safe and secure in the midst of calamity. The night gives way to morning, and God will make things right.
J. Todd Billings (PhD Harvard) is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, Dr. Billings’ interests include Reformed theology, the sacraments, salvation, and theological hermeneutics. His first book, Calvin, Participation, and the Gift (Oxford, 2007) won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise. His most recent book, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Brazos Press, 2015), combines personal narrative with rich theological discourse to profound affect.