Daily Devotion

Romans 13:14

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 09 April 2016

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Romans 13:14

14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

EXHORTATION:

Paul commands Christians, "put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." But can we put on a person, like clothing or armour? It was rather a common phrase in the Greek language, metaphorically implying that we should put on the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. Early church father, Chrysostom, remarked, "It is a common phrase that a person has put him on, whom he imitates." In other words, it is a command to Christians to imitate Christ's example and to become like Him.

Galatian Christians were reminded by Paul, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Gal. 3:27). Ephesian believers were told, "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Eph. 4:24).

Developing a Christ-like character is every Christian's highest duty. Being united to Christ, we must conform to His character. We must have a sincere desire to be like Him, and give ourselves to constant prayer for the aid of the Holy Spirit to live like the Lord Jesus. We must also devoutly study of the person and character of Christ in order to understand the manner and purpose of His life. There must also be commitment to study all that has taught that we may know His will and do them. Without deliberate and habitual efforts to learn of Christ, we cannot imitate Him.

Those who put on Christ are also commanded, "make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." One of the greatest hindrances to Christ-likeness is the lusts of the flesh. So we are warned not to provide any opportunity for the gratification of our sinful lusts of the flesh. How serious are you in this regard? Do you avoid circumstances that might tempt the flesh? Do you abstain from activities that arouse fleshly lusts?

We must not entertain the corrupt propensities of our bodies. But we must yield to the Spirit of God, who warns us against lust of the flesh and prompts us to walk according to the will of God. In Romans 8:12 -13, Paul exhorted, "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Likewise, in Galatians 5:16, Paul said, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."