“A Hidden Life” (1 Peter 2: 24) by Carley Evans

Because Jesus dies while bearing our sins in His body, we are to live to righteousness rather than to sin. “For [we] have died, and [our] life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3: 3)

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3: 12)

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4: 8)

Jesus’ love covers a multitude of sins. Our lives of sin are hidden in Christ; our sins being nailed with His body to the tree at the Mount of Olives. Now we live as “God’s chosen ones,” seen by Him “holy and beloved.” Now, we are called back to “the Shepherd and Overseer of [our] souls” (1 Peter 2: 25) by way of Jesus’ sacrifice and our acceptance of His gift of salvation. “According to His great mercy, He causes us to be born again to a living hope through [His] resurrection.” (1 Peter 1: 3)

Our lives are hidden; and we are “born again” to righteousness — a righteousness purchased for us by Jesus Christ.