Truth, as the girdle, making the wearer strong and ready for work.4. TEMPERATELY — subjecting —1. But the Church is intended to be the light of the world. His badge, and making a public profession of being His servants.II. In the East garments are of greater importance than with us. The text gives us the meaning of "the armour of light."4. It is the best. Other models are imperfect, and unsafe for universal imitation: but that challenges our entire pursuit. He who has no higher ambition than to get through his part will never be a good actor. Scripture: Romans 13:1–7. To put on Christ is to put on —1. Accessibleness. "How comes it," asked a bishop of Garrick, "that I, in expounding Divine truths, produce so little effect, while you so easily rouse the deepest feelings of your audience by the representation of your fiction?" A CHURCH DRESS, because —1. The text gives us the meaning of "the armour of light."4. (4)To guide our will, and influence our affections, in the subjects of our choice, desire, pursuit, and expectation.2. R. Stephenson.The apostle meant, "Personify Christ; act His part" Never it is true, shall we be perfect as the Master was; but by patience, prayer, and effort we may come to resemble Him closely. Put on Christ as —1. Let their earliest lesson be to strive to be like Christ, and after many a failure they may gradually come to a sense of forgiving mercy which will not be lessened by their endeavours before they knew the precise nature cf their obligations to Him.III. The spiritual processes of contrition, faith, forgiveness, dec., are all inward and secret, and so there is a necessity for the practical fruits of these in likeness to Christ, to be brought forth, so that the Christian and others may have full demonstration that he is born of God.2. Nevertheless(1) There were things in Christ we cannot and must not imitate. Conversation.4. Nevertheless(1) There were things in Christ we cannot and must not imitate. Check the first desire.3. Certainly one grand end of the appearance of Christ in our nature, was to set us an example of blamelessness, usefulness, holiness (John 12:26; Colossians 2:6; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6). )Putting on ChristJ. We answer, 'No, it is not me, it is Thy righteousness; I am comely because Thou art comely; I am beautiful because Thou art beautiful.'"(C. In the Bible, qualities of character are often represented by clothing. Our characters are formed on the principle of imitation. Humility, as the tunic, always worn, fitting the body close.2. Latent faith can at the best only edify its possessor. The spiritual processes of contrition, faith, forgiveness, dec., are all inward and secret, and so there is a necessity for the practical fruits of these in likeness to Christ, to be brought forth, so that the Christian and others may have full demonstration that he is born of God.2. No caution is given, as if there were some things which were not to be put on. (2) There were many acts of personal holiness and relative virtue which our Lord could not exercise. Spurgeon.). This is to put on the wedding garment; the want of this, in the day when the King comes in to see the guests, will leave a man speechless! You will be applauded if you act your part well — by God and the good.(T. Neither can any simple self-culture, which has perhaps been too much our method, any laborious efforts of will, any works or merits of ours, suffice for our salvation, and lift us into the highest Divine frame, without this admiring absorption of mind into the model and mould of perfection, by which we "put on Jesus Christ."(C. A young artist may be twitted as he sits before his model with, "Are you vain enough to think that you can paint as well as Titian or Turner?" That Christ may be glorified by us. Robing expedients. Lyth, D.D. Keep it well, then; you are to see the King in it.(J. wrote, "I always make my great uncle my model, his spirit accompanying me, and enabling me to succeed in the same." (2)Watch over your spirits (Malachi 2:16). And so," added Mr. Weaver, "so is it with the Lord Jesus Christ; He meets us covered with the rags and filth of sin, and He tells us to go and put on not His second best, but the best robe of His perfect righteousness; and when we come down with that on, we say, 'Lord, what dost Thou think of me?' Love what Christ loved, hate what Christ hated. It is at the mercy of the elements around it.3. This is what we are to do, and to learn from Him to do.II. The spiritual processes of contrition, faith, forgiveness, dec., are all inward and secret, and so there is a necessity for the practical fruits of these in likeness to Christ, to be brought forth, so that the Christian and others may have full demonstration that he is born of God.2. Or, to illustrate the subject from more homely, universally known facts, the strong working of this assimilating power of the soul will not be doubted by any who have noticed how in daily life we continually fashion each other, and are fashioned by those we are with; who have observed the contagion of custom in a community, the transfer of manners, the mutual likeness often obtaining both of moral traits and visible expression between husband and wife, and more or less all the dwellers under a single roof, and, in short, the transforming force upon our own hearts from the scenes we enter, the presence we stand in, the books we read, the images we contemplate. Nevertheless(1) There were things in Christ we cannot and must not imitate. The words are addressed to a Christian Church, who have received the gospel. It is not our natural dress.2. So success in our line cannot be achieved without habitual regard to Christ. As our righteousness, for our justification.3. To put on Christ is TO SHARE HIS MIGHT, to come into quickening electric personal contact with Him, to derive magnetic force from His personality, to live by His Spirit, and so to be born again and to become a new creature.III. Paul puts “Lord” first in this threefold title, placing emphasis on the Lordship of Christ. Lyth, D.D. It constitutes the most solid and satisfactory proof of inward religion. The latter is to be literally traced, just as the engraver produces the facsimile of a painting; the former may be something whose form we cannot repeat, but whose principle we may imbibe and infuse into other acts different in form but of the same kind. It cost the King of Glory His life and death (Philippians 2:6-8).II.COMFORTABLE. Those who believe in Christ, and are reconciled to God by Him, are required to put Him on. They will walk "honestly," in a manner becoming their privileges.II. The character of Him is most easily attainable by us. "So," said Richard, "I went upstairs and took off my second best, and put on my Sunday best, for I did not want to give him my best. It is right to wear the best dress in church.2. This is a figurative expression for an interest in Christ, union with Him, and conformity to Him.1. You bid us seek for nobler manners and purer tastes; you might as well bid the snared bird to fly, or the worm to throw off the rock which is crushing it to earth." It implies the taking of —1. This is to put on the wedding garment; the want of this, in the day when the King comes in to see the guests, will leave a man speechless! This is a figurative expression for an interest in Christ, union with Him, and conformity to Him.1. Therefore is not the Divine wisdom toward us shown, when the Scripture fixes on this fundamental instinct as a moral power to be dedicated, for its main employment, to our spiritual growth? Lyth, D.D.Here is —I. Binney, LL.D. Nevertheless(1) There were things in Christ we cannot and must not imitate. Moral shame. A consideration of some of the modes in which this representing, realising power operates may help us to understand it as a moral faculty, and consecrate it to the highest uses. Robing expedients. Nevertheless(1) There were things in Christ we cannot and must not imitate. Christ is infinitely lovable.2. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ. "The day is at hand. Edmond, D.D. "As many as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ," etc.4. The precept suggests the moral perfection of Christ. That we may best prepare for a dying hour, and for the solemn scenes beyond. Ever enduring. (Children's Sermon): — It is —I. But why this aversion to being known and read of all men? "We beheld His glory," etc. We know in our best moments that we arc mean, guilty creatures, but we do not know how to be otherwise. IV. As the source of the Spirit, and of grace, for our sanctification.4. A NEW DRESS.1. The peace of the sinner flows into him entirely from without; the peace of a saint from purified affections and Godlikeness, and in proportion as he puts on Christ will this be secured to him in Christ's companionship.3. As the source of the Spirit, and of grace, for our sanctification.4. Never mind though you act badly at first. We may make a higher boast than that.2. To put on Christ is not synonymous with the being clothed with Christ's justifying righteousness, and so hiding our sins from the sight of God; it rather refers to sanctification — a subjective participation of life through Christ, and the consequent outgrowth of conformity to Him. He, if lovable, with whom we can have the most free, constant, and uninterrupted access, will impress us most easily with his characteristics. )Putting on the Lord Jesus ChristC. 5. THE BLESSEDNESS OF FULFILLING THIS DUTY.1. DIRECTIONS.1. How heart-broken have been the last utterances of even the greatest men! We cannot fail to see in such a constitution the Divine purpose, not only that we should enter into the feeling of others, but moreover that we should enrich our own nature; not be confined strictly to our native tendencies and original biases, but borrow others' wisdom, copy others' virtue, and incorporate into our own being a thousand exotic excellences. Sin has stripped the soul of its true attire, and three things mark its history everywhere.1. It is the latter method to which the text points. CONSISTENTLY — as in the day.II. Ah, but there is yet another and more blessed meaning of "putting on Christ," and it is TO BE FOUND IN HIM; not trusting in our own righteousness which is as filthy rags, but BEING CLAD IN THE WHITE ROBE OF HIS FORGIVING GRACE. It is the only way of securing that peace and comfort which specifically belong to the religious life. A PERSUASIVE TO HOLINESS — put on Christ.1. This needs deep consideration and prayer for the grace of the Holy Spirit.2. That we may best prepare for a dying hour, and for the solemn scenes beyond. Christ is infinitely lovable.2. Or, to illustrate the subject from more homely, universally known facts, the strong working of this assimilating power of the soul will not be doubted by any who have noticed how in daily life we continually fashion each other, and are fashioned by those we are with; who have observed the contagion of custom in a community, the transfer of manners, the mutual likeness often obtaining both of moral traits and visible expression between husband and wife, and more or less all the dwellers under a single roof, and, in short, the transforming force upon our own hearts from the scenes we enter, the presence we stand in, the books we read, the images we contemplate. The peace of the sinner flows into him entirely from without; the peace of a saint from purified affections and Godlikeness, and in proportion as he puts on Christ will this be secured to him in Christ's companionship.3. You will wear this dress in heaven. It would not do to speak thus of any one else, however distinguished. It is the only way of securing that peace and comfort which specifically belong to the religious life. He whom we love most we shall imitate most. A saint had a vision of Christ on which he gazed so long that he afterwards found in his own hands and feet the marks of the nails. The old Pagan world was full of such manufactures, nor is the modern religious world destitute of such self-made robes, but they are all "filthy rags."II. We put on Christ —1. Edmond, D.D. (2)To correct and rectify our judgment on all points of necessary belief. Napoleon III. "Our fellowship is indeed with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."(D. Your sanctification.3. Cecil, M.A.I. His spirit and temper.3. 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