I woke up this morning, saying in my heart, “Lord, I want to write something, but there is no inspiration. I don’t want to write from my previous day’s activities, lest some of the people on my list think, “Oh, he is writing about me.” No! Not at all. That won’t edify. I want to write what will bless people. I don’t want to write of my own.” I heard nothing. I decided to open the Notes on my phone and started reading through. It is lengthy excerpts of scriptures and quotes.
As I read through, my eyes fell on a particular scripture and my spirit was illuminated. But I read past it. Got down and the scripture kept coming back to my spirit. I went back. Read it again and like a eureka feeling, I got it! I love the scripture. Every time I read it, it’s like, “Hmmm, this sounds so sweet! I just want to be like this. I yearn for this Lord. This is what my habitation should be.”
The scripture is Galatians 3:27 where the Holy Spirit through Paul said, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.”
Whao! I love that. Glory be to God. What a privilege to put on Christ.
To put on Christ! Another translation says, “Clothe yourself with Christ.” Isn’t that awesome?
Another one says, “It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe – Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.”
Whao! To clothe myself with Christ’s life.
No wonder Apostle John said in 1 John 4:17, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because AS HE (JESUS) IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.” I am to represent Him. You also are. We are members of His Body on the earth.
I found a couple of examples in the Bible regarding this matter, that is Moses and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Moses spent days in the presence of God. At some point, when he came down from Mount Sinai, his body shone with the glory of God.
“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.”
The glory of the Most High had rubbed off on him. The presence of Jehovah had clothed him. He had spent good forty days and nights hearing the Voice of heaven, interacting with heavenly realm. He was on the earth but had checked into the heavenly Chamber of God, listening to the Most High God. He saw heaven’s blueprint.
He beheld the arrangements of things around the throne of God the Father. He saw the cherubs, the lampstand before the throne, the mercy seat above the judgement. He saw things as he was granted access to the heavenly throne of the Invisible God. He tarried there. He interacted with the Father of all spirits all his days. The glory of the Father rubbed off on him. He wore it. Did he have a choice after tasting it? No one will leave good for bad. The presence of God is nothing compared to anything on this earth. Angels and heavenly beings basked in it and are filled with Him. Glory!
Moses was not perfect but Numbers 12:3 says “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” Well, I hope you are not going to think that “Well, he missed the Promised Land.” At his time, he was one of the men that attained great intimacy with God. The Father God drew him. He separated himself unto God. He wore meekness from the Father. He was mighty in deeds and in speech. Acts 7:22. In the midst of his day job of administration and leadership upon Israel, he spent time with God. So, we have no excuse.
What about our Lord Jesus – the express image of the Father. He wore and bore the glory of the Father. He said anyone that has seen Me, has seen the Father.
Hebrews 1:13 says, “Jesus RADIATES GOD’S OWN GLORY and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.”
John 1:18 says, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.“
The world acclaimed what manner of man is this! Matthew 8:27. He carried the heavenly realm with Him here on earth. He was a perfect representation of God and man in one existence.
He lived as a man but 100% connected to His habitation which is the Presence of the Father. He said, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” John 5:30. He still depended on the Father even as He walked the earth.
How can we live outside His guidance? How? It is dangerous!
Jesus was anointed by the Father and He went about doing, healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him. Acts 10:38.
He was always separating Himself to pray and commune with the Father. At one time, He went to the mountain to pray for a while. By the time He came down, His disciples had sailed of. Imagine that! He took on the water and started walking on it as though it’s a dry land. Nature bowed to Him. He carried the Presence. He had power over all things. It was recorded that His disciples seeing Him coming from afar thought He was a ghost. Mark 6:45-56.
He wore His heavenly habitation. Jesus was our perfect example of how to be clothed with God. The King Eternal triumphed over Satan and his kingdom. He wrought miracles, subdued and conquered the kingdom of darkness. He triumphed over them and made a public spectacle of them. He is God. Hallelujah!
There are many and women that walked (walk) this earth that have put on Christ. I admire their courage and tenacity to keep that clothing on them in the midst of all challenges.
Believers, we are dual in existence. We live on this earth but not of this world, Jesus said. John 17:16. Oh that we may comprehend this and derive our source of life from that realm above.
What Are You Wearing?
What do we put on always? Where and what do we spend most of our times (on)? Do you have some parts of your day carved out for Him? Does you heart nudge you that you have not spent enough time with Him?
Do you study His words? Do you spend time in praying? Do you spend time in telling others about Him? Do you show love to people around you? When last did you feel compassion in your heart to reach out to the lost ones? When last did you just tarry to worship Him with reckless abandon?
Do you live for yourself alone? Are you so irritable at others? When last did you think on the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is deposited in your spirit? When do you think on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control?
When and when?
Put On Christ
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27.
You are immersed (baptized) into Christ once you have accepted Him as your Lord and Saviour. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” 1 Corinthians 12:13. If you are not sure you are saved, I encourage you to click here and read on how to be sure.
Put on the fruit of the Spirit. Put on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
Let them come out of our spirits and show in our external conduct. The world has enough vices going round. We are not of this world, Jesus said. Don’t be mean like the world. Stop the hate culture. Stop the cancel culture. You are not of this world. Jesus bought you with His precious blood. Galatians 3:13. Do not be unequally yoked with the world. 2 Corinthians 6:14. Do not practice the principles of wickedness. Let not your heart grow mean towards men and women.
Put on love, tenderness, gentleness. Put it on. He forgave you even when you deserve weighty punishment. He let you go. He let you out of prison of guilt and condemnation.
Put on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Let’s put on Christ.
1 John 4:17, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”