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

 

Verse 14 deals with building a platform for the sin capacity to execute its desires.

14 But

The word “but” is a term of strong contrast to the sins of verses 13 and 14.

put on [as clothes] the Lord Jesus Christ,

Paul returned to the image of clothing ourselves. Here we clothe ourselves with “the Lord Jesus Christ” Himself. The idea is to endue ourselves with Christ. We do this by faith. We establish an identity with Christ by believing His promises. We unite ourselves to the closest fellowship with Him so that our lives match what we believe.

We are to so apprehend the meaning of our union with Christ that His character becomes ours. He controls our thinking and actions. We must be attuned to the Lord.

Eph 6: 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

1 Th 5: 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

We put on the Lord Jesus at salvation (Ga 3:27) but we also put Him on again when we walk in spirituality. We belong to Christ; there is no option about that. The Greek calls for decisive action about making Christ the center of our lives.

PRINCIPLE:

The Christian life is Christ centered.

APPLICATION:

“Put on” is an allusion to dressing ourselves with proper spiritual clothing. The clothing here is the Lord Himself. We do not put on the dirty clothes that originate in our sin capacity, because that violates the Lord.

Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ is to identify with everything that He represents. We are to be Christ centered. We cannot do that unless we first put off “the works of darkness” (v. 12).

Eph 4: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man [sin capacity] which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Co 3: 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

The name “Lord Jesus Christ” is the full title of our Lord. Previously we believed on Jesus, now we are to orient to Him on as we live our daily lives. We now share personally with the risen Christ.

 

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