Put On the Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 13:14

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

What a startling statement! How does a person put on another? We’ll come to that later. Let us first look at a simple example.

Ex. What happens when someone put on a dress?

» His being shabbily dressed wouldn’t make him very acceptable, would it?

In our example, being decently dressed would make a person presentable and acceptable to others; but first he has to realize that he is naked and needs to be clothed! OR he has to realize that he need a new and better dress and that what he has on at present doesn’t quite cover his nakedness.

The same is true in the spiritual realm. Man without God is insufficiently covered and even naked. Isaiah says: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” [Isaiah 64:6]. By this we understand that our righteousness is as filthy rags in God’s sight! All the efforts we make apart from God are insufficient to please God. So, we need a proper dress, don’t we? A dress prepared by God Himself. A dress He wants us to wear so that He may be pleased with us. A dress prepared before time began. A dress so beautiful, so wonderful that it not only pleases the Maker, but also fills the wearer with joy and affects all those around him. The Bible tells us to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof” [Romans 13:14]. What does this instruction/command mean?

So, a person has to realize his nakedness (insufficiency) in the flesh or life without God. He has to acknowledge his spiritual depravity and his need for being clothed. He has to desire to be spiritually clothed. He has to “wake up” to his being naked! He has to go to the Dress Maker and tell Him of his need! The Maker is always ready to take away the “filthy rags” and dress up such a penitent one. The divine plan for man’s salvation was drawn up before time began.

When and how does one “put on Christ”? The word of God says it this way: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6:3-12).

This passage tells us that we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in the watery grave of baptism and that when we rise up from the watery grave, we “should walk in newness of life,” the Christ-like life. We should “reckon” ourselves to be dead to sin, “but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We are not to allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies because if we do, we “obey it in the lusts thereof.” We put on the Christ-like nature at baptism. Yes, to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ “ means to put on His nature and follow His example always. In means to have His mind (1 Corinthians 2:16), to have His attitude (Philippians 2:5-15) and imitate Him (1 Peter 2:21-25).

How does being clothed with Christ affect us?

a. It molds our personality into the likeness of Jesus Christ Himself.

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become brand new.” (II Cor. 5:17). The more we can think like Jesus—the more we will act like Him. Would you agree that thinking like Jesus, would help to sweeten some of our dispositions?

b. Putting on Jesus’ nature affects our Priorities. When we have the mind of Christ, He begins to re-order our life. First things will really become first.

- Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” But the order will be reversed in your life without the mind of Christ.

» Right here is why so many Christians have such distorted priorities and you find Christian men and women:
» Many, maybe most of us, desperately need the Lord Jesus to re-order our priorities by renewing our minds.
» We have accepted as natural, values, ideals, and thought patterns that are imposed on us by an evil world system, and not the Lord Jesus.

c. Being clothed with the Lord affects our Praying.

- Do you know that we cannot pray effectively without having the mind & Spirit of Christ?

This is exactly why much of our praying is powerless. This is why many of our prayers go unanswered. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).

By the way, this is exactly what it means to pray in Jesus’ name.

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13, 14).

Let us be fully clothed with Christ and so be willing wholly to serve the Lord our God, and "make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Romans 13:14). Let us believe in the love and power of God to keep us clothed with Christ day by day, and put "no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3).

Perhaps, being outside of Christ, you have realized your spiritual nakedness. Then you need to come to the Lord Jesus Christ, believe in His cleansing, healing power, repent of your sins, confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and be baptized [Greek: baptizo=immerse] in water for the forgiveness of sin and rise up to walk in the new Christ-like life. You will be glad to do so. Your burden will fall away; your guilt gone. God will make you His child and add you to His family, the church of Christ.

Perhaps, as a Christian, you have also realized your spiritual nakedness! Perhaps, you do not believe that God will fulfill His word. You do not believe in the possibility of unbroken fellowship with Him, and unlimited partnership. On account of that, you become disobedient, and do not live like a child doing God's will, because you do not believe that God could give you the victory over sin. Are you willing now to leave that barren life? Sometimes you are, perhaps, enjoying fellowship with God, and sometimes you are separated from Him; sometimes you have nearness to Him, and at other times great distance from Him; sometimes you have a willingness to walk closely with Him, but sometimes there is even unwillingness. Are you now going to give up your whole life to Him? Jesus did. He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt” (Mark 14:36). We should be willing to abide in the perfect will of God.