Put on Christ

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. — Romans 13:11-14.

Paul bids his readers to wake out of their spiritual sleep and realise that time is short. That awakening should mean casting off ‘the works of darkness’ and putting on ‘the armor of light’. They are to walk as children of the day, rejecting their former worldly and lustful lifestyle of strife and envy.

A sanctified walk involves both a positive and negative intent. They must ‘put on the Lord Jesus Christ’, which means experiencing His cleansing and living under His righteousness. But also they must make ‘no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts’. They must reject not only sin, but the situations that will lead them into sin. Temptation is to be avoided, as well as resisted. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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