What does it mean to put on the Lord Jesus? It doesn't mean that we can put Him on, and take him off as putting on and taking off clothes. It means that we are to arm ourselves, arm our minds with Christ. We are to arm our minds with the whole person of Christ, as God and sinless humanity. Arm our minds with his love, his eternal electing love, with his righteousness (it is the only one acceptable to God Almighty), also arm our minds with his atonement, his bloody sacrifice put away sin once and for all. He alone makes us at-one with God. Put on Christ in his offices, as Prophet to teach us, as Priest to appear in the presence of God for us, as King to rule us and provide us our needs. Put on The Whole Christ, his whole salvation, for there is no salvation in any other name, any other way. (Acts 4:12, John.14:6) "We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lust thereof."
Our fallen natures will seek to control us, and will excuse us when we fulfill the lusts of our flesh. We fulfill the lusts of our flesh when we indulge our minds to wander where they shouldn't, our tongues to say what they shouldn't, our bodies to do what they shouldn't, our feet to take us places we should not go. Why would any believer want to provide for their flesh? Why wouldn't a believer want to put on Christ so they would not make provision for the flesh? I am persuaded that those who continually make provision to fulfill the lusts of the flesh are not believers. "How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein" (Rom.3:2)? By Don Bell