Clothed in Christ
Leading Question: “What does it mean to put on Christ?”
The final lesson of this term provides a good opportunity for sharing personal experiences and perspectives on key devotional passages that use clothing imagery.
Being Clothed with Christ: Gal 3:23-29. How does our relationship with Christ affect our relationship with other believers? Is equality with one another a key benefit of belonging to Jesus and being “clothed” with Christ? What is it about belonging to Jesus that subdues our tendencies toward racial, sexual, and economic superiority? When such attitudes persist, how can being in Christ help us to address them?
Dying and Rising with Christ: Rom 6:1-6. While this passage doesn’t actually use clothing imagery, it does suggest a union with Christ. How does “union” language affect the rule of sin in our lives?
Armor of light; no provision for the flesh: Rom 13:11-14. Putting on the “armor” of light dramatically affects our relationship to the sins of the “flesh.” How does Paul’s list of “fleshly” sins here compare with his list in Galatians 3:19-21? Why is “flesh” here much broader than just sexual sin?
Note: Some temptations call for abstinence, others call for moderation. How might this quotation from Ellen White (in the context of diet) involve a wider range of “fleshly” temptations? Note in particular the last sentence about “strong cravings.”
B has been very deficient. While in her best condition of health, his wife was not provided with a plenty of wholesome food and with proper clothing. Then, when she needed extra clothing and extra food, and that of a simple yet nutritious quality, it was not allowed her. Her system craved material to convert into blood, but he would not provide it. A moderate amount of milk and sugar, a little salt, white bread raised with yeast for a change, graham flour prepared in a variety of ways by other hands than her own, plain cake with raisins, rice pudding with raisins, prunes, and figs, occasionally, and many other dishes I might mention, would have answered the demand of appetite. If he could not obtain some of these things, a little domestic wine would have done her no injury; it would have been better for her to have it than to do without it. In some cases, even a small amount of the least hurtful meat would do less injury than to suffer strong cravings for it. Testimonies 2:383-84 (1870)
Clothed with New Life in Christ: Col 3:1-17. This chapter repeatedly notes the attitudes and habits that are incompatible with being “in Christ.” How is his power unleashed in our lives to address these impulses?