“For those of you were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.”
Galatians 3:27 (CSB)
We have flirted with frost this week; I’ve yet to get pumpkins or even a mum. I have been switching out clothing, organizing my sweaters and wool socks. Washing winter pajamas, folding and stacking my favorite jeans. Days are shorter, the evening glow brightly lit with autumn light. I love this time of year, it is my favorite, though I dread the cold something fierce.
As I have prepared for colder days I have been searching my heart, soul-scaping I call it. Looking for unruly places that need pruning. I ran across Galatians 3:27 a couple of weeks ago. It made enough noise to warrant a post-it note over my words.
“For those of you were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.” Galatians 3:27 (CSB)
With the winter preparations, I pondered my spiritual clothing. “Am I clothed in Christ?” Yes, I have surrendered my life to Christ, but am I clothed in Him. Once we have been baptized and transformed, doesn’t that mean we should appear differently than the world?
Yes, it does.
I did some digging and learned that to be clothed in Christ is a picture of sinking into a garment.
“To be clothed is to invest in; clothing-literally or figuratively-array, clothe with, to spend or endow with some gift, quality or faculty.” from http://biblehub.com/lexicon/colossians/3-12.htm
How does this play out in my life? What changes must I make?
What are the characteristics of being clothed with Christ?
“Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against one another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.
Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:12-14 (CSB)
- Compassion “For the Lord is good to everyone; his compassion rests on all he has made.” Psalms 145:9 (CSB)
- Kindness “But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us – not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy.” Titus 3:4-5a (CSB)
- Humility “When arrogance comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 (CSB)
- Gentleness “Remind them to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.” Titus 3:1-2 (CSB)
- Patience “A person’s insight gives him patience and his virtue is to overlook an offense.” Proverbs19:11 (CSB)
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2 (CSB)
- Forgiving “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.” Matthew 6:14-15 (CSB)
- Love “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs.” 1Corinthians 13:4-5 (CSB)
“Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1Peter 4:8 (CSB)
Life in Christ is transforming, or at least it should be. (PS: I’m singing to the choir here-me!) If we have grown up in the Church, we know the “though shall not’s.” Somewhere in the midst is grace that washes over us and clothes us in beauty. Often, beauty through and in the broken edges of our lives.
But, you knew the but was coming, didn’t you? But, we must be intentional in choosing our spiritual clothing. What we wear, how we wear it will either draw others to His saving grace or send them running away!
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