Put on Christ

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and anvy

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

Romans 13:11-14

This passage is pretty self-explanatory.  

Being “in the light” is a type of the concept of how we behave “properly” when an authority figure or a “witness” is around.  We’re normally on our “best” behavior at these times.  

As Christians that should be all the time, knowing that God is ALWAYS with us.

I think “not in revelry and drunkenness” is not only talking about partying and alcohol, but also rebellion and lack of control.  The opposite of revelry is control, and the opposite of drunkenness is sobriety – being sober – being in control of ourselves – being serious.

Verse 14 is a big clue as to how to avoid sin.  Don’t make provision for it.  If you know you’re tempted to get drunk – don’t go to a bar or have alcohol in your house.  If you’re tempted to overeat, limit the amount of time you “wander” through the kitchen, etc.

God does provide a way for us, but we must exercise self-control.

By “putting on Christ” we are seeing what His attributes are, and becoming like Him.   When we “put Him on” we should see things through His eyes, hear things through His ears, share things through His hands, etc.

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