This post will discuss “clothe yourself with Christ”!
“Put on Christ.” “Wear Jesus Christ.” “Clothe yourself with Christ!” These are powerful words that pack a lot of meaning.
In this post, I will explore what it means to clothe oneself with Jesus Christ and how to do so. I will look at the scriptures behind these phrases and what they mean. Lastly, I will give seven ways you can put on Jesus Christ every day and walk in Him!
Ready? Let’s go!
Why I’m writing this post
I recently wrote a post about the ephod that priests wore in Israel. Nowadays, we don’t wear the ephod, but we are to clothe ourselves with Jesus Christ, the ultimate high priest.
I’m writing this post as an extension of my research on that particular blog post. Feel free to read it if you are curious or interested in doing a deep dive bible study about the ephod.
Important note: As I begin, please note that in KJV, they use the word “put on” or “put ye on,” but in NIV and other bible variations, they state “clothe yourselves.” I will use both terms interchangeably throughout this post since they mean the same thing.
What does “put on Christ” or “wear Jesus Christ” mean?
Wearing clothes is a very personal act. It is an act that we do every day, multiple times a day. When we get dressed in the morning, we usually think about how we want to look to others. We want to look our best for the day ahead. But have you ever thought about what your clothing says about you on the inside? Please take a moment to think about that.
Your clothes can reveal a lot about your personality and who you are. Now I’m no fashion or image consultant 🤣 but let me give one simple example: If you were to see someone walking down the street in scrubs with a stethoscope, you might automatically assume that they are a medical professional.
Now, what if I were to tell you that there is a way to wear Jesus Christ? To actually put Him on like a piece of clothing and have Him be a part of your everyday life? You might be thinking, “Well, duh! I already do that! I’m saved.” Others who wear visual reminders of Jesus and say to me “I wear a cross necklace or a bracelet that says WWJD.” But there is so much more to it than just wearing a physical object.
Simply put, wearing Jesus Christ means allowing Jesus to take control of our lives and live our lives for Him. It means surrendering ourselves completely to Him and following His commands. It means living our lives in such a way that we reflect His character and His love.
7 Ways to clothe yourself with Christ!
So how can we do this? How can we “put on Christ” and “wear Jesus Christ?”
There are many ways we can “put on Christ” and “wear Jesus Christ.” I presume you can probably think of numerous ways.
Here are seven unique points that personally speak to me:
As I’ll mention later in the post, baptism is an important act of obedience that shows we have died to our old life and are now living for Christ. So I’m highlighting the spiritual significance and symbolism of baptism! When we are baptized, we are publicly declaring our faith in Jesus and our desire to follow Him. We identify with His death and resurrection.
2. Imitating Christ
“Put on Christ” also means to live a life that reflects His character. As Christians, we are called to imitate Christ in everything we do (Ephesians 5:1-2). This means living a life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). When we put on Christ, we are transformed into His likeness. We no longer live for ourselves but for Him who died for us and rose again (Galatians 2:20).
3. Wearing His righteousness
“Wear Jesus Christ” refers to the fact that, as Christians, we are clothed in His righteousness. We have been given a new identity in Christ, and our lives should reflect that. We are no longer defined by our sin but by His righteousness. When we wear Jesus Christ, we proclaim He is our Lord and Savior.
4. Putting on the armor of God
Another way we can “put on Christ” is by putting on the armor of God. When we put on the armor of God, we are putting on His protection. Why is this important? Because we are in a battle against the forces of evil, and we need to be prepared!
The armor of God includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, and the shoes of peace. (Ephesians 6:11-20).
5. Living a life of love
As Christians, we are called to love one another. This is not a natural human emotion but something that only comes from God. When we live a life of love, we reflect Christ’s character. We show that His love has transformed us and that we now desire to share that love with others.
6. Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
This is the most important way. We need to know Him for who He is and not just what He can do for us. We need to have a close, personal relationship with Him.
7. Sharing the gospel
We can “put on Christ” by sharing the gospel with others. When we share the good news of Jesus Christ, we proclaim His Lordship. We are declaring that He is the only way to salvation. When we share the gospel, we are giving others the opportunity to put on Christ as well.
These are just a few ways we can “put on Christ” and “wear Jesus Christ.” As we do these things, we will be transformed into His likeness and will reflect His character to those around us. We will be a light in the darkness and a testimony to His grace and power.
Let me expound on my point earlier.
Baptism is an important act of obedience that shows we have died to our old life and are now living for Christ. It’s through baptism that we identify with His death and resurrection. When we are baptized, we publicly declare our faith in Jesus and our desire to follow Him.
Let’s review a verse real quick:
“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” – Galatians 3:27 ESV
This verse in Galatians is telling us that as believers, we have been clothed or covered in Jesus Christ. This is a powerful scripture because it is telling us that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are covered by Him. We are protected by His blood and His righteousness. When God looks at us, He sees Jesus Christ.
“Put on Christ” in this context also means to live a life that reflects His character. When we wear Jesus Christ, we proclaim that He is our Lord and Savior. We have been given a new identity in Christ, and our lives should reflect that. We are no longer defined by our sin but by His righteousness.
This is an incredible promise for believers! We don’t have to worry about what other people think of us or whether or not we are good enough. We can rest assured that we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and that is all that matters.
Clothe yourselves psychologically and mentally too!
Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Christ is not an outward adorning- it’s not about what we wear on the outside. It’s about our character and who we are on the inside that counts.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:25– “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.” It’s not enough to just look like we’re Christians on the outside. We need to be clothed in Christ on the inside as well. Yes, clothing yourself with Jesus also means mentally and psychologically transforming our minds!
How can we do this?
- Remove any negative thoughts or behaviors and replace them with positive, Christ-like thoughts and behaviors.
- Make sure that our words and actions align with what Jesus would say and do.
- Fill our minds with scripture and meditate on it throughout the day. Therefore, we can be constantly reminded of who Jesus is and what He stands for.
- We should also aim to live our lives in such a way that others can see Jesus in us. This means being patient, kind, forgiving, and loving – even to those who are difficult to love. It means always striving to do what is right, even when it’s not easy.
When we clothe ourselves with Jesus Christ, we are transformed into His likeness. We become more like Him in thought, word, and deed. And as we do, we bring glory to God and reflect the light of Christ to a dark world.
Prayer to put on Christ!
Heavenly Father, thank You for clothing me in Your righteousness.
Thank You for giving me a new identity in Christ. Help me to reflect on His character in everything I do. Help me to be an ambassador for Christ and proclaim His gospel to the world.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
And that’s it, folks, clothe yourself with Christ!
In conclusion, “putting on Christ” and “wearing Jesus Christ” is not a physical act but a spiritual one. It’s about surrendering our lives to Him and allowing Him to work through us. It’s about being obedient to His commands and living a life that is pleasing to Him. When we do these things, we are clothed in His righteousness and become more like Him.
Remember, as Christians, we must reflect the character of Christ in everything we do. We are called to be His ambassadors; our lives should reflect that.
Let us “put on Christ” today and proclaim His Lordship to the world!
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