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Devotional - week of November 25, 2007


PUT ON CHRIST

 

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.  Romans 13:14

 

Paul uses the same word in Romans 13:14 for “put on” as he used in Ephesians 4:24 where he exhorts his readers to put on the new man. It is obvious that in both places Paul means for us to live out what it means to be “in” Christ.  

 

In Romans 13:13, Paul exhorted his readers to:

 

… walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

 

The words in verse 14 “make no provision” translate a statement that the reader should not give forethought to the works of the flesh.

 

The translation of Romans 13:14 in the New International Version of the New Testament makes it clear that the thought of the verse is that the readers should not even think about doing such things mentioned in verse 13. It reads:

 

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  Romans 13:13 NIV

 

The way for a person to refrain from doing the things mentioned in verse 13 and all other temptations to sin is for him to put on the Lord Jesus Christ—experience what it means to be in Him.

 

Romans 8:5 says:

 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

 

When we walk in the Spirit, our minds are not set on the things of the flesh. When we live out our oneness with our Lord Jesus—put on Christ—we walk in the Spirit. Let us continually put on Christ and be free from giving thought to the things of the flesh.

 

This is good news especially for one who is still searching for a way to have victory over some particular temptation or sin. “Put on Christ.”