WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CLOTHED IN CHRIST?
What does it mean to be “clothed in Christ?” This is a most worthy meditation.
First, isn’t there the necessity of putting off our old clothes? Certainly, this is what the Word teaches us. Some of the articles of the old clothes are listed by Paul where he teaches us to “put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” (Col. 3:8-9). So, putting off the old nature precedes putting on the new.
Second, we can put on the new nature, which is ours in Jesus Christ. Earlier in Romans, Paul described this as putting on the “shining armor of right living” (Rom. 13:12). Again in Colossians Paul described being clothed in Christ as putting “on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Col. 3:10). This new nature features many beautiful articles of spiritual clothing. How many do you see in the following list?
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Col. 3:12-14).
PRAYER: Lord, teach us to put off the old nature and to put on the new. Our new nature is Christ. So empower us to put off the old and to put on Christ. We want to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ. So that we reflect Your glory and light into this world of darkness. In Jesus’ name, amen.