Jesus was the first person to be hidden in the Father. First, he was placed in a virgin, Mary. All other children that are born are born from a woman who no longer is a virgin. But Jesus was hidden. He was placed in a vessel that never had been touched, a holy, consecrated vessel. Normally a woman must know a man to become pregnant, but in Jesus’ case, His mother never knew a man. Truly this was out of the ordinary and a hidden event.
Even so it is with us too. For when we are born again it is a hidden work after the inward man. The outer man looks no different and by all outer appearances is still the same. But the birth of a new creation man in Christ Jesus is a hidden work, and no one knows the name of that person except the Father (Revelation 2:17; 3:12). Just as Jesus descended from the spirit and inhabited the flesh, so the person is born of the spirit and yet inhabits the flesh.
Jesus was not from Herod’s line, the current king of Israel. He did not come from the line of the famous Pharaoh’s. Jesus was not born of any famous line of the current time. He came from Joseph and Mary, both of whom had lineage from King David, but they were not of the lineage to such a degree that it would be known. After all, many in Israel could trace their lineage to David because Solomon had over 300 wives. Truly, Jesus was of royal blood, but truly He was hidden.
When He was born, He was hidden in Bethlehem (meaning “house of bread”). The King of kings was not born in Washington D.C. nor London nor Paris or any other famous important city. He was born in a city of that His parents had to go to in order to pay their taxes. A city that had no importance in the plans of the Roman empire, the government of that time. This is the place wherein Jesus was hidden.
When we are born again we enter into that heavenly Jerusalem, that mother of us all since we are born from above (Hebrews 12:22-23). It is a city which is the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:9-10). It is a people known of God but a people not known of the world – a hidden people. Each saint is born biologically in a city, which has no importance as far as God is concerned.
Jesus was born of a no name virgin in a no name city and birthed in a hotel that had no rooms so his father and mother were sent away into what we would call today a garage which back then was a stable for the animals of the hotel. Being born in a manger hid Him even further. The manger was the trough in which the hay was strewn. There was not even enough room in the stable. How hidden He was. So when Herod hearing of His birth called for the accounting of the children, the hotel manager could say he sent away a pregnant woman to whom he could not give a room. Jesus was so hidden that his date of birth and place of birth were not known. A manger was a public place, not a private house where births normally occurred. Jesus was hidden in the open.
Our life is hidden with God in Christ (Colossians). No one knows that and no one knows the date of our birth (our spiritual birth). We walk around in Christ in the middle of the city in which we live and no one knows. Hidden but visible. Spiritual but natural.
At the time Herod felt threatened by the birth of Christ so he called for a counting of the children of the age of two and younger. It was then that the angel of the Lord appeared and sent Jesus with His parents to Egypt to hide. God calls us out the denominational church system so that we are not numbered among them (Revelation 18:4). He calls us out to be hidden in Him and so that He can deal with us directly, personally, and yet we can have fellowship with people of like same faith who are called out for the same purpose. Hidden from the systems, but basking in the presence of God, God deals with us openly, but unknowingly by the world. He hides us in His foolishness.
Moses was born at a time when the children of Israel were multiplying so fast that the Egyptians felt threatened by their numbers. So, the Pharaoh called for the killing of the children. Moses’ mother hid herself until her child was born. She nursed him as long as she could, but a day of the hiddenness was about over. Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, she hid Moses openly. She placed him in a reed “boat” and pushed him down the Nile River. A Hebrew child, floating down the Nile is not very hidden – in the natural. Moses was hidden where there was danger – alligators, mosquitoes, hippos. But he was hidden in a safe and secure place. He was hidden openly. He was hidden in the river until Pharaoh’s daughter found him. What better place to be hidden then in the house of the one who wanted to kill you? Proverbs 28:12 states, “When the righteous men rejoice there is great glory but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.”
God knew it was a secure place, that middle of a river seen openly of all. We must not second guess God as He moves us about openly as it appears to our carnal minds, when in reality He is our armor on the front (Ephesians 6) and our rear guard (Isaiah 52:12). Then God causes Moses’ own mother to come and sustain him in the midst of a nation that seeks to kill him. This is the hidden man of God. His mother’s milk, God’s word is enough to sustain us while we are hidden in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation.
Moses was so hidden that he grew up in the Pharaoh’s house and was given a position of authority second only to Pharaoh. How well hidden he was. Moses was learning from God first-hand the ways of the Egyptians. God had promised Joseph long before Moses that the people of Israel would return home. So, Moses was seeing the salvation of God being worked out in Egypt within himself as the vessel of deliverance as well as God dealing with Pharaoh.
Look at Noah and how he was hidden in an ark at a time when there was no rain. Rain had never fallen upon the earth before now. So here he was making an object for something that had never occurred yet in history! Yet, God hid him and his family there for forty days and nights – until it was time to come forth.
David, God’s own king was hidden among the vilest and perverse people at that time – the Philistines. They were wretched people, whose sole consciousness was fleshly, and yet, God chose this people to hide His man, His king from the perverted mind of King Saul. What better place to hide him but in the very place that was an enemy of the Jews? God not only hid David in this place, but he had to find favor with them as well. For they could have easily murdered him, and it would have been over, but God is His infinite wisdom would not allow it. David was God’s hidden man! This same people that God used to hide David, also were the same people, when David became the official king of Israel, were destroyed. What hidden wisdom?
The list goes on and on, even up to this present age. There have been and even now is a people that God has hidden from the curious, wondering eyes of carnal, fleshly men. Some are even hidden right in their midst and they don’t even know it. They will remain there until God’s appointed time for each of them to be unveiled.
Jesus was the hidden man. The people of Israel were looking for a Messiah who would come and deliver them from Roman rule and set up the Jews as an independent nation and perhaps even rulers of the world. But Jesus was the hidden man who came to establish a kingdom not of this world. The church today looks for a man, Jesus, to return and set up His kingdom with them and that the church will rule and reign over the world. It is a similar deception as the people of Israel. He is the hidden man seeking to rule from within. “For the Kingdom of God is within you.”
Moses, carnal like the people of Israel and the church, sought in the flesh to fulfill God’s plan and killed an Egyptian soldier that was overseeing the Hebrew workers. This shows clearly that Moses knew God’s plan and purpose, but Moses was not totally crucified yet. Remember he had been in Pharaoh’s house for forty years. Now God sends him into the wilderness to be hidden for another forty years. He was hidden from the Egyptian Pharaoh (the religious system) in the middle of the desert, even as Jesus was hidden from the religious system in Egypt. Hidden, removed from all positions of power and might, Moses learns obedience to the plan of God. It is while we are hidden, separated from the world and religious systems, that God deals with us to learn the obedience of a son. It is only then.
Being hidden is not a negative thing, but on the contrary it is very positive. He keeps you hidden from the world but in the ways of the Lord. “Let the hidden man of the heart, that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price…” be worked out in you (I Peter 3:4). It is only when we are hidden in Him that we can learn to identify with His nature. To be hidden in this verse means to be of great cost, precious. So the hidden man is precious, and of great cost for it is God Himself who laid down His life for us. He is the one arising as the Day Star.
Let us look at a story of the prophet Elijah. He confronted the prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (I Kings 18). God answered the servant of the Lord and 450 prophets of Baal were slain that day (18:40). But when the woman of the flesh came after him (Jezebel) God hid him in a cave (19:9) for a season and then hid him in the wilderness.
Sometimes the nature of God must be hidden in the tomb of the flesh, the outer man. Sometimes it takes the wilderness to hide us in God until the indignation passes over (Isaiah 26:20). But if we do not know how to hide ourselves in Him we will be revealed. It is important that we know how to enter into the chamber of the Lord. The wilderness is what hid Elijah. How did it do that? What did it do? A wilderness has no path in it. It is a wilderness, and unless you know your geographic bearings you would be lost. The earthy man staggers to and fro as a drunkard. The earthy man is that Adamic nature which totters and does not know where it is going. Hiding in that wilderness but knowing your gyroscope, your compass remains in balance.
Jezebel could not find Elijah until it was time for Elijah to be found. Until it was time for Elijah to come forth again out of the desert. Until God wants to reveal you the world will not see you. Jesus was hidden in the storm, resting peacefully, until Peter called concerned about the boat sinking. The outer man sees the natural and fears, but the inner man controls the course of events. Do we reflect Jesus or do we reflect the nature of Peter?
Elijah waited in the wilderness until it was time to be revealed. In the wilderness, the place of hiding, God speaks to Elijah about his next manifestation. It is only when you are hidden in Him that He can speak. You know you are in Him when He speaks, such reassurance.
Another incident of God hiding His servant, was when Elijah traveled to Zarephath, which means “place of refining.” A widow with a son were preparing their last meal and then with no food left would die within a few days. Elijah by the spirit is brought to this woman. He asks her to give him the bread before she gives it to her son and herself. The Christ nature thirsts to give life. It meets the people on the natural plane. The hidden man seeks to manifest life to the people. In his thirst to bless her, he asks her to provide. In her provision to the man, the woman is blessed with food that does not run out and oil that lasts. The food speaks of spiritual food to feed her, and the oil speaks of the anointing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit that leads us into the life of the Holy of Holies, the feast of Tabernacles.
How well is Elijah hidden? If Elijah had tried to hide in another place, he would have had food. We are to hide where God will sustain us. If our life is hidden in God, His life will enable us. How well is Elijah hidden? He goes into a house of a widow! He enters and lives in her house. It looks like the two have an illicit relationship going on – a widow and a strange man. How well God is hidden in that situation!
But God well knew the need of the widow and her son. God knew they were out of food and used the hidden man to provide it to them. God knew that the widow’s son would die. So God sent Elijah, the hidden man of God into the house (hidden even more) until the time of coming forth.
At the very time that the son died and his breath left him (I Kings 18:17) Elijah takes the child and carried him to the upper room (verse 19). This speaks of taking the child into the Holy of Holies. There in the realm of life Elijah stretches himself over the child three times (three experiences of salvation – Passover (salvation), Pentecost (in filling of the Holy Spirit), and Tabernacles (the fullness of God).
It was after the performance of God through him that the woman knew he was a man of God – not after he had given her food and oil. The hidden man was revealed only to be covered again until God needed him. Even while hidden from Ahab, the hidden man was able to do a work.
Consider Jesus, our pattern (I Peter 2:21). Unless God revealed who Jesus was to someone, no one knew who He was. Some thought He was Elijah or another prophet, but no one knew though He was the Son of God. Even during His ministry when He told them that He was one with His God, no one believed Him. Very few knew He was the Savior. Judas didn’t even believe Jesus was the savior because Judas was looking for a natural savior to deliver the Jews from the Romans. Jesus was hidden during His ministry! What a pattern we have to follow.
Jesus is NOW hidden in the bosom of the Father. What is the Father? The Father is a spirit. We must worship Him in spirit and truth. Where is the Father? John 14:23 states in the Amplified Bible, “…and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.” The word translated “with” is “para” in the Greek and can mean: from, by or of. Thus, the translation could read “make our home from him.” So the Son and the Father are hidden in the vessel, the saint, even as we are hidden in Him (Colossians 3:3). But consider how well Jesus was hidden. Jesus left His body and hid Himself in hell for three days. He preached to all captivity and led all captivity captive. (Ephesians 4:8; I Peter 3:19). Jesus hid in death while yet being alive.
While His body was on the cross and in the grave, Satan rejoiced looking on the outer man thinking victory was won. While the grave, which is what hell means, was being unguarded, Jesus hid Himself in hell for three days. Satan waited three days outside the tomb of Christ, but Jesus was hiding – not in the tomb. Jesus was in hell preaching to the captives. When Jesus arose, Satan returns and finds that the keys of death and hell could not hold Him and that everyone had left. Christ then has given us the keys of death and hell so that our hidden man can do the very same thing that He did (Revelation 1:18; Matthew 16:19). We are hidden in Christ as we reveal the dying of the Lord in our body. If this is accomplished, then we can manifest the life of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:11).