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Wrapping Ourselves in Christ

10 May

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:12-14)

Now, the first thing Paul tells us to do here entails a fairly obvious course of action: not getting in orgies, or getting drunk, or being sexually immoral, not quarreling, or having jealousy. Nothing strange about that; it’s a clear-cut command. Yet, the second thing Paul tells us to do, seems a little strange. He tells us to put off darkness, but then he says to put on the armor of light. – When he explains what he was taking about in the next verse, he says we’re to, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”. Alright Paul, but how?

Well, Jesus tells a parable on the subject:

43 “When (A)the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through (B)waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and (C)the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this (D)evil generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45)

This person’s demon left for a while, but while it was gone, the person didn’t put on Christ; didn’t fill himself (we’ll just refer to the person as a he) with Christ, and so rather than getting better, his situation simply got worse. Yet, what we’re talking about here is salvation, and Paul is writing to a group of saved people. So is he really telling them to do something which they’ve already done, or is he actually talking about something else?

Well, Paul is talking here about armor. Something which we wrap around ourselves in order to protect us against attack. So, the question, is how do we wrap ourselves in Christ? By focusing on Christ. By thinking of Him, and what He did for us, we “put Him on”.

The point being this: we are to wrap ourselves in Christ. When people look at us, they should wonder at how much we speak and act like Christ. Our focus should be Christ.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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2 responses to “Wrapping Ourselves in Christ

  1. ansuyo

    May 12, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Good way to put it 🙂

     

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