Posted: February 18, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
In the text before
us for our study this week we are provided with a practical application
of Positional Truth. The verse that stands out in Romans 13:11-14 is
verse 14 that says, “But
put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to
fulfill the lusts thereof.”
In verse 11 we are
given a warning about the need of ‘knowing the time’. Paul tells
us it is high time for us to awaken out of sleep. We need to be
watchful and not apathetic. In telling us what time it is he says
our salvation is nearer than it has ever been. Salvation is spoken
of by three tenses in the Bible. There is the past tense of being saved
from the penalty of sin. There is the present tense of being
saved from the power of sin. There is the future tense of being
saved from the presence of sin. It is the third tense of being
saved from the presence of sin that Paul speaks of as being so
near. It is right at the door. When we realize that the third tense of
salvation (saved from the presence of sin) is at the door we will
want to strongly emphasis the second tense of salvation (being saved
from the power of sin).
Paul tells us the
second tense would involve casting off the ‘works of darkness’
and ‘putting on the armor of light’. (Vs. 12) In doing this we
will put on the Lord Jesus Christ. (Vs. 14) The phrase ‘cast off’
is a term of violent removal. It is not a cuddling or soft dealing with
sin that is implied. We are to cast off the works of darkness. The
word ‘darkness’ is anything with a hint or shadow of obscurity.
If any thing comes along and has a hint of darkness Paul says because we
are so close to the end, we must cast it off. When we put something off
we must replace it or the ‘putting off’ will be in vain.
We are told to ‘put
on the armor of light’ and the ‘Lord Jesus Christ’. The
phrase ‘put on’ means to clothe or to sink into a garment. The
word ‘armor’ is an offensive implement of war. The word ‘light’
means to shine or manifest forth. We are to put on that which is Christ
like. It is our only offensive weapon to shine forth to the world that
we are Christians. (Christ like)
We are told ‘how
to’ and ‘how not to’ walk in verse 13. We are told to walk ‘honestly’
(in accord with, in line with, or in the likeness of). We are told not
to walk in ‘rioting and drunkenness’, ‘chambering and wantonness’,
and ‘strife and envying’. These terms when defined give us the most
hideous of sins. Oh to think that many, if not all, these sins lurk in
the shadows of our depraved fallen nature. They cry to be brought to
the forefront and exhibited to the world through our living.
We are told in
verse 14 that putting on Christ will prevent the flesh (the old me)
from showing off its character and appetites (the lust thereof).
Let us be careful in our walk of what we put on and what we put off.
Let us allow the Holy Spirit through the Word of God to make us
sensitive to anything that may bring us shame if brought to light at the
judgment seat of Christ.