Choose One: Hidden in Christ or Fleeing God's Wrath?
You can either be found hidden in Christ or trying to hide from God’s wrath.
Hidden In Christ
Psalm 27:4-5 CSB
I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking him in his temple.  For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
Psalm 32:6-7 CSB
Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to you immediately. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.  You are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah
Colossians 3:3-4 CSB
For you 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.
Ephesians 2:4-7 CSB
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us,  made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!  He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,  so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 91:1-4 CSB
The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with his feathers; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
Romans 8:1 CSB
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:20-21 CSB
Go, my people, enter your rooms and close your doors behind you. Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed. For look, the LORD is coming from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal the blood shed on it and will no longer conceal her slain.
Zephaniah 2:3 CSB
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the LORD's anger.
2 Corinthians 5:17 CSB
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
1 Peter 1:3-4 CSB
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead  and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
Colossians 1:27 CSB
God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
John 14:20 CSB
On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.
1 Corinthians 1:30 CSB
It is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us-our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption-
Psalm 62:1-8 CSB
I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.  How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering fence?  They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Selah  Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.  My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.  Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him. God is our refuge. Selah
Romans 8:35-39 CSB
Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hiding From God’s Wrath
Genesis 3:8-10 CSB
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  So the LORD God called out to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"  And he said, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid."
Isaiah 29:13-16 CSB
The Lord said: These people approach me with their speeches to honor me with lip-service, yet their hearts are far from me, and human rules direct their worship of me.  Therefore, I will again confound these people with wonder after wonder. The wisdom of their wise will vanish, and the perception of their perceptive will be hidden.  Woe to those who go to great lengths to hide their plans from the LORD. They do their works in the dark, and say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"  You have turned things around, as if the potter were the same as the clay. How can what is made say about its maker, "He didn't make me"? How can what is formed say about the one who formed it, "He doesn't understand what he's doing"?
Jeremiah 23:24-40 CSB
Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him?"-the LORD's declaration. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?"-the LORD's declaration.  "I have heard what the prophets who prophesy a lie in my name have said: 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'  How long will this continue in the minds of the prophets prophesying lies, prophets of the deceit of their own minds?  Through their dreams that they tell one another, they plan to cause my people to forget my name as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship.  The prophet who has only a dream should recount the dream, but the one who has my word should speak my word truthfully, for what is straw compared to grain?"-this is the LORD's declaration.  "Is not my word like fire"-this is the LORD's declaration-"and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?  Therefore, take note! I am against the prophets"-the LORD's declaration-"who steal my words from each other.  I am against the prophets"-the LORD's declaration-"who use their own tongues to make a declaration.  I am against those who prophesy false dreams"-the LORD's declaration-"telling them and leading my people astray with their reckless lies. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people"-this is the LORD's declaration.  "Now when these people or a prophet or a priest asks you, 'What is the burden of the LORD?' you will respond to them, 'What is the burden? I will throw you away! This is the LORD's declaration.'  As for the prophet, priest, or people who say, 'The burden of the LORD,' I will punish that man and his household.  This is what each man is to say to his friend and to his brother: 'What has the LORD answered?' or 'What has the LORD spoken?'  But no longer refer to the burden of the LORD, for each man's word becomes his burden and you pervert the words of the living God, the LORD of Armies, our God.  Say to the prophet, 'What has the LORD answered you?' or 'What has the LORD spoken?'  But if you say, 'The burden of the LORD,' then this is what the LORD says: Because you have said, 'The burden of the LORD,' and I specifically told you not to say, 'The burden of the LORD,'  I will surely forget you. I will throw you away from my presence-both you and the city that I gave you and your ancestors.  I will bring on you everlasting disgrace and humiliation that will never be forgotten."
Isaiah 28:15 CSB
For you said, “We have made a covenant with Death, and we have an agreement with Sheol; when the overwhelming catastrophe passes through, it will not touch us, because we have made falsehood our refuge and have hidden behind treachery.”
Revelation 6:15-17 CSB
Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb,  because the great day of their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?"
Questions that Challenge Your Current Understanding
- "Hidden in Christ" and "Hiding from God's Wrath" present two contrasting positions. From your understanding of the verses, what are the consequences of each position?
- How do Isaiah 26:20-21 and Zephaniah 2:3 illustrate the urgency and importance of seeking refuge in God? How does this align with our mission to expose deceptive forces that divert believers from the true path?
- Reflecting on the concept of "being a new creation" from 2 Corinthians 5:17, in what ways have you personally experienced transformation through embracing the true Gospel message?
- Genesis 3:8-10 depicts the first instance of humanity attempting to hide from God due to sin. How does this foundational narrative connect with the New Testament teachings about the importance of being hidden in Christ?