Reading Romans 13:14 quoted below, my thoughts centered on that portion which states: “…put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,..” and the remainder tells us to quell the lusts of the flesh.
When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, it was a personal event. It wasn’t something that happened to everyone at that same moment. (It was a time for “change.”)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This “change” happened within our body. We became a new creature, and we must now look to a new life, a life where we put away the “old things” and look to “all things are become new.”
The “old things” were the sins in our lives. I can hear some saying, “Hey, I live a good life and I am not a sinner.” Our Bible teaches us that statement is a lie, consequently sin.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
We will never be perfect in this life. That is why Jesus died on the Cross and shed His blood for our sins. His atonement was for all, not just a few. None of us, regardless of our station in life will ever be physically righteous. By accepting Jesus as our eternal Saviour, His atoning blood on our soul shows God we have accepted His Son. Therefore we have become “unblameable and unreproveable” in His sight.
Colossians 1:20-22 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (21) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled (22) In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
“Reader, if you have accepted Jesus as your “personal Saviour,” do you have a “walk and a talk” that reflects that “unblameable and unreproveable” new creature? If you cannot say Yes, then isn’t it time you did something about it? Do know, that regardless as you work to improve your “walk and talk,” you will fall short. This isn’t to say you should not try. Just don’t use this as an excuse for not trying.”
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
In our walk, we should Glorify God in all we do. When we find we have failed, we must go to God in prayer, and in that prayer, repent of that failure, and ask for forgiveness. Reader, what are you going to do?”
Bro. John R. E Chastain
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”