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Colossians 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— for ye have died, and your life is hid with the Christ in God.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For ye have died, and, your life, is hid, together with the Christ, in God,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for ye did die, and your life hath been hid with the Christ in God;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For you are dead: and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For yee are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For you are dead, and your life is hid with the Meshiha in Aloha;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— for ye are dead; and your life is hidden with the Messiah, in God.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
ye are dead, 599
{0599} Prime
From G0575 and G2348; to die off (literally or figuratively).
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
your 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
life 2222
{2222} Prime
From G2198; life (literally or figuratively).
is hid 2928
{2928} Prime
A primary verb; to conceal (properly by covering).
<5769> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 215
with 4862
{4862} Prime
A primary preposition denoting union; with or together (but much closer than G3326 or G3844), that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
God. 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 3:3

_ _ The Greek aorist tense implies, “For ye have died once for all” (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:4-7). It is not said, Ye must die practically to the world in order to become dead with Christ; but the latter is assumed as once for all having taken place in the regeneration; what believers are told is, Develop this spiritual life in practice. “No one longs for eternal, incorruptible, and immortal life, unless he be wearied of this temporal, corruptible, and mortal life” [Augustine].

_ _ and your life ... hid — (Psalms 83:3); like a seed buried in the earth; compare “planted,” Romans 6:5. Compare Matthew 13:31, Matthew 13:33, “like ... leaven ... hid.” As the glory of Christ now is hid from the world, so also the glory of believers’ inner life, proceeding from communion with Him, is still hidden with Christ in God; but (Colossians 3:4) when Christ, the Source of this life, shall manifest Himself in glory, then shall their hidden glory be manifest, and correspond in appearance to its original [Neander]. The Christian’s secret communion with God will now at times make itself seen without his intending it (Matthew 5:14, Matthew 5:16); but his full manifestation is at Christ’s manifestation (Matthew 13:43; Romans 8:19-23). “It doth not yet appear (Greek, ‘is not yet manifested’) what we shall be” (1 John 3:2; 1 Peter 1:7). As yet Christians do not always recognize the “life” of one another, so hidden is it, and even at times doubt as to their own life, so weak is it, and so harassed with temptations (Psalms 51:1-19; Romans 7:1-25).

_ _ in God — to whom Christ has ascended. Our “life” is “laid up for” us in God (Colossians 1:5), and is secured by the decree of Him who is invisible to the world (2 Timothy 4:8).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Colossians 3:1-4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Colossians 3:3

For ye are dead — To the things on earth. And your real, spiritual life is hid from the world, and laid up in God, with Christ — Who hath merited, promised, prepared it for us, and gives us the earnest and foretaste of it in our hearts.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 3:3

(4) For ye are dead, (5) and your life is hid with Christ in God.

(4) A reason taken of the efficient causes and others: you are dead with regard to the flesh, that is, with regard to the old nature which seeks after all transitory things. And on the other hand, you have begun to live according to the Spirit; therefore give yourselves to spiritual and heavenly, and not to carnal and earthly things. (5) The taking away of an objection: while we are yet in this world, we are subject to many miseries of this life, so that the life that is in us, is as it were hidden. Yet nonetheless we have the beginnings of life and glory, the accomplishment of which lies now in Christ's and in God's hand, and will assuredly and manifestly be performed in the glorious coming of the Lord.

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Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.


Colossians 3:4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 6:39-40 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. ... And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 10:28-30 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. ... I and [my] Father are one.
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:34-39 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. ... Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ... Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.


Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 3:4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
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