Conducting Oneself Continually Clothed With Christ

July 13, 2015

Friends,
We, as Christ’s followers, are commanded to do many things. One of these is to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 13:14) We are to put Him on daily as we make the choice to reject (keep crucified) our old sinful-nature self (6:6,7 // Gal. 2:20 & 5:24,25 // Eph. 4:22-24 // Col. 3:1-10), and teach (ourselves and others) that it is God’s grace itself which teaches us to do this and how to do this. (Titus 2:11-15 // 2 Peter 1:3,4)

Putting Christ on and wearing Him means that we are making the choice to live in Him / to walk in Him / to align our conduct with His teachings by submitting to His Spirit’s control. (Rom. 8:9,14 // Gal. 5:16,25) Therefore, we ourselves make the choice to keep sin extinguished, doing so by the Spirit –meaning with His power and under His leadership (Rom. 8:13 // Gal. 5:24,25)– and by using each piece of the Armor of Light we’ve been given. (Rom. 13:12 // Eph. 6:10-17)

When we wear our new self (when we walk in “Christ, who is our Life” –Col. 3:4), then we are fulfilling our obligation to God (Rom. 8:12) of being vessels through which His righteous moral requirements are fully met. (v. 4) We are walking in that for which we were created (Eph. 4:24) which is that we “be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Same verse) This is the image of Christ (the perfection) which God prepared in advance for us and ordered us to conform our mind, heart, will, and actions to. (Mt. 5:48 // Rom. 8:5,6,29 // Eph. 2:10 & 6:5-8 // 1 Peter 1:2,13-17) It is the goal toward which we strain (Phil. 3:12-14 // Heb. 4:11) –that salvation which we are continually working out (Phil. 2:12)– doing so eagerly because we are doing so through the will, leadership, and power of God’s own Spirit. (v. 13 // Rom. 8:4,5)

So, for those of us who have been baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27), we have been clothed with Christ (same verse), and we are thus living the new life (Rom. 6:4) consisting of freedom from sin (v. 7) and a continual rejection of sin. (v. 1) Our transfer of citizenship from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light (Col. 1:13,14) enables us to walk in the new way –in the Life of the Spirit and the Word (John 6:63 // Rom. 7:6) by which we are saved (Rom. 8:9 // Ja. 1:21), not in the old way of the written code (Rom. 7:6) or of the sinful nature with its sinful desires. (v. 5 // Eph. 4:22)

Therefore, by choosing, through belief in the Truth, to walk clothed in Him who is the Light, we are kept purified of sin by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:5-7) and are enabled, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Christ ever more perfectly. (2 Thes. 2:13-17 // 1 Peter 1:2) This is what God, through His grace, has chosen as the Way for men to be saved. (Same verses // John 15:1-10 // Titus 1:1-3,9,15,16 // Heb. 5:9 // 1 John 3:24)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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