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Read Introduction to Colossians

 

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering”
 
The list of virtues here are the opposites of the list of vices just denounced. Social sins were just exposed. Now he challenges people to social virtues.
“put on”
 
“Put on” is the parallel of the preceding “put off.” Having removed the clothes (characteristics) of the old man, God wants us to put on the clothes of the new man.
 
”Put on” means to put on a garment. “Put on” can also carry the idea of to develop, function. We cannot put on our position in Christ. It is already on the believer. Our position before God was put on at the point of salvation and it goes on forever. We cannot put on our election. We can only put on our experience based on our election or position.
 
God orders us to put on eight garments.
Principle:
God expects us to approximate our daily condition to our heavenly condition.
Application:
God wants us to wear his spiritual garments. It will not do to let these garments hang in the closet of the Word of God. They will not do us any good there. We must wear them.
God expects us to approximate our daily condition to our heavenly condition. He wants us to put off the sins of the disposition but he also wants us to put on the disposition of the new man. It is a robing procedure. We cannot put on the robes of the new man until we have put off the rags of the old man. It is not befitting a Christian to come to God wearing the rags of criticism and bitterness. We cannot put on the robes of praise over those rags. We need spiritual attire for a spiritual walk.
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