KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
Apostle Paul was loaded with an abundance of revelations. It was because of these great number of insight and revelations given to him that a messenger of the devil was allowed to buffet him lest he should be exalted above measure (2nd Corinthians 12:7). This messenger was defined as a ‘thorn in his flesh’. (Note: This is seen in the many persecutions he faced and not sickness as some teach)
One of such revelations and insight was that anyone baptised into Christ has put on Christ Jesus. The term baptized into Christ which symbolised an outward dipping of one into water had a more spiritual act; where the Holy Spirit places the man who acknowledges Jesus as Lord into Christ Jesus. To be placed in Christ set you in a very glorious atmosphere. It is an escape from the dominance of darkness. You live in the presence of the Father. In actual fact it is an atmosphere of heaven yet on earth. This is the reason the Lord remarked ye are in the world but you are not of the world. John 17:16 “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world”
To put on Christ Jesus is slightly different. To put on Christ Jesus is to have Him on you as wearing a jacket. This one is not just an outside influence but a total change of your personality to that of Christ. The Christian of his former self died with Jesus (Galatians 2:20). To be baptised into Him in the light of Galatians 3:27 makes you just like him. Dear child of God, God’s plan and intention for allowing Jesus into this world is to raise a people just like Him. Romans 8:29 “for whom He did foreknow He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the first born among many brethren”. This glorious Jesus is our big brother. It is God’s family. We have become God and His sons incorporated. Jesus is the first born.
Our key scripture gives a more vivid presentation of the whole idea. In this instant it is not just conforming to Him but the very person of Christ taking over your being. Being like Him in all things. You only have your name to answer to but it His being and Spirit that has taken over. You have put on Christ Jesus. Please don’t look at yourself as an ordinary being. Face Satan with the boldness and assurance that the Lord Jesus would have faced him. Check out diseases from your body as He would.
Overcome the promptings of the flesh to sin as he would.
You have put Him on.
I have put on Christ Jesus. It is Him who has totally taken over my being. I carry everything He had. I win like Him, oh what a glorious life.
Colossians 1:27 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
Hebrews 2:10 ” For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”.