Donald W. Weffald
Scripture Reading: Romans 13:14
"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof' (Romans 13:14). Those who are saved by grace should live holy lives. In our text, it is stated in two ways-in the positive and in the negative. The positive side is to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ," and the negative side is to "make not provision for the flesh."
The oriental garments covered the whole man. It illustrates here that the Christian is to be completely clothed with the character of Christ. Upon believing the gospel, the Christian puts on Christ in a mystical union (Galatians 3:27). Here, it is the putting on of Christ in daily experience- to live in Christlikeness.
The negative side is to deny the flesh even a foothold. "Provision" is pronoia in the Greek. It means "foresight" or "forethought." The meaning here is that the believer is not to plan to sin. He is to say no to the flesh. The best place to start is in the mind-in the thinking. The "flesh" is what is inherited from Adam. It is that tendency to sin that is the result of the Fall. It is manifested in the life through the body, hence the term "flesh."
God has dealt with the power of sin in us. Therefore, we "are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh" (Romans 8:12). It is now possible to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Salvation by grace does not lower the standards for holy living. Sin's dominion has been broken because we are under grace (Romans 6:14). Through grace, God's enablement, we can live for God.
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