We cannot then put on Christ, without the serious perusal of the Scriptures, and the devout contemplation of the Cross.3. Lyth, D.D. 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! 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. 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. 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 whole gospel is preached and summed up in that single exhortation. In the Bible, qualities of character are often represented by clothing. It is the latter method to which the text points. It might not be right for us to go into the company of sinners as He did, nor employ His terrible invectives; but we can cherish the spirit which led Him to seek the lost, and sympathise with His repugnance to evil. H. Spurgeon.Standing near the remarkable spring at Ewell, in Surrey, and watching the uprising of the waters, one sees at the bottom of the pool innumerable circles with smaller circles within them, from which extremely fine sand is continually being upheaved by the force of the rising water. (vii)Charity (Acts 10:38; James 1:27). And wherein is the sense of this language, if not in the appropriation of His worth to our nature, by the force of sympathy, and of a twofold spiritual consciousness operating to unite Him to ourselves? This should be remembered by the children of Christian families particularly. THE DUTY ENFORCED.1. H. Spurgeon.Standing near the remarkable spring at Ewell, in Surrey, and watching the uprising of the waters, one sees at the bottom of the pool innumerable circles with smaller circles within them, from which extremely fine sand is continually being upheaved by the force of the rising water. A NEW DRESS.1. And as it means this hope for the future, and this strength in the present, so also it means forgiveness for the past. This garment is —1. We read something like it in every noble teacher. As our righteousness, for our justification.3. Spurgeon.). R. Robing expedients. We look at our ruined selves, our corrupted hearts, our wasted lives, and "abhor ourselves in dust and ashes." 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. This is what we are to do, and to learn from Him to do.II. Our Lord represents the accepted character of a believer by the wedding garment of a guest, and Peter exhorts us to be "clothed with humility," etc. It is the only way of securing that peace and comfort which specifically belong to the religious life. The general significance of the present metaphor is that the old sinful life is to be doffed like a soiled and sordid garment, and the new nature which Christ gives and inspires, is to be put on like a new and shining robe.I. (iv)Patience (Luke 21:19; James 1:3). "How great is His beauty." Seasons of special self-examination as to likeness or unlikeness to Christ.6. It is certainly a very remarkable power which God has given us, of realising in ourselves a character different from our own. (Children's Sermon): — It is —I. If we love Him, we shall desire to glorify Him: but what can tend so much to His glory, as to let men see the efficacy of His doctrine on our character? 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 investment of the soul with the virtues which adorned His character, just as a man clothes his body with articles of dress. Seasons of special self-examination as to likeness or unlikeness to Christ.6. So after he had put on the clothes, and left his rags behind, he came down and said, 'Well, Mr. Weaver, what do you think of me?' A NEW DRESS.1. Conclusion: Such, then, is the meaning of this Divine message. DIRECTIONS.1. Those who believe in Christ, and are reconciled to God by Him, are required to put Him on. Cecil, M.A. 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? It comes after justification. A NEW DRESS.1. (4)Your hearts corrupted, only by Him cleansed (1 Corinthians 1:2). 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. "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?" Guard against its occasions.2. Thus we put on Christ before God, and make Him our only —. A CHURCH DRESS, because —1. )Putting on ChristJ. We may make a higher boast than that.2. As our example, for our direction and improvement in holiness. Tiny geysers upheave their little founts, and from a myriad openings bubble up with the clear crystal. Others have acted their part well.3. That we may best prepare for a dying hour, and for the solemn scenes beyond. When we make an open profession of His name. How widely Dickens observed! In the Bible, qualities of character are often represented by clothing. Carefulness to guard against religious acts becoming formalities.IV. Hence more frequent allusions are made to this than we are accustomed to use. In every other character there is something to be excepted, e.g., Abraham's duplicity, David's bloodguiltiness, etc. 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. It cost the King of Glory His life and death (Philippians 2:6-8).II.COMFORTABLE. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THIS? He who has no higher ambition than to get through his part will never be a good actor. As our wisdom, for our illumination. His badge, and making a public profession of being His servants.II. A thoroughly honest desire to be like Him. Stephenson. HOW ARE WE TO DO THIS? Many a man has so done this as to put others in mind of Christ; he was so Christlike; just as if one of His followers after His departure had put on the garments which Christ had worn. Others have acted their part well.3. Check the first desire.3. Sense.3. Preacher: Sandy Adams. But He embodied the principle of universal obedience, and fulfilled every obligation arising from all the relations which He could or did sustain towards God and man. Put on Christ as —1. Benson.I. The justice we admire, the charity we love, the holy zeal and endurance we revere, the fervent adoration and self-devotion which makes our hearts burn — all these we possess and become. Robing expedients. (v)Thankfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:18). TRY TO BE LIKE CHRIST. (iv)All believers are interested in all His sufferings and righteousness (Galatians 2:16). Your exemplar.II. Bible Passage: Romans 13-14 Series: Through Romans Service: Through The Bible. He who has nothing to be ashamed of has nothing to conceal. Hence more frequent allusions are made to this than we are accustomed to use. The precept suggests the moral perfection of Christ. Mortify its lusts.(J. 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. wrote, "I always make my great uncle my model, his spirit accompanying me, and enabling me to succeed in the same." LIKE CHRIST.1. It is the investment of the soul with the virtues which adorned His character, just as a man clothes his body with articles of dress. )The drama of lifeT. Your hope before God.2. (iv)Patience (Luke 21:19; James 1:3). We know in our best moments that we arc mean, guilty creatures, but we do not know how to be otherwise. The words are addressed to a Christian Church, who have received the gospel. The truth, e.g., that Christ is life, and that apart from Christ is no life, is act forth most often by vivid metaphors. H. Spurgeon.Standing near the remarkable spring at Ewell, in Surrey, and watching the uprising of the waters, one sees at the bottom of the pool innumerable circles with smaller circles within them, from which extremely fine sand is continually being upheaved by the force of the rising water. Mortify its lusts.(J. The whole gospel is preached and summed up in that single exhortation. But He embodied the principle of universal obedience, and fulfilled every obligation arising from all the relations which He could or did sustain towards God and man. Cecil, M.A.I. In the Bible, qualities of character are often represented by clothing. WHY ARE WE TO PUT ON CHRIST?1. HOW IT IS TO BE CARRIED OUT. THERE IS THIS FITNESS IN NOTHING ELSE THAN CHRIST.III. Lyth, D.D.Here is —I. But perhaps you will say, "If that be all, any moralist might, in other language, tell us the same. You will be applauded if you act your part well — by God and the good.(T. So success in our line cannot be achieved without habitual regard to Christ. 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. Eminent orators have studied Demosthenes and Cicero. 3. So after he had put on the clothes, and left his rags behind, he came down and said, 'Well, Mr. Weaver, what do you think of me?' A deliberate and habitual effort to realise all this in personal character and life.5. We are constantly putting on the characters of others. 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. The highest beings in the universe admire this robe.2. As the source of the Spirit, and of grace, for our sanctification.4. Robinson, D.D. Edmond, D.D. USE.1. A MOST INDISPENSABLE GARMENT. When we make an open profession of His name. We read something like it in every noble teacher. We may make a higher boast than that.2. Many a man has so done this as to put others in mind of Christ; he was so Christlike; just as if one of His followers after His departure had put on the garments which Christ had worn. 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. But why this aversion to being known and read of all men? This impersonation of the soul, in the use and actual bearing of every man, exceeds in subtlety and extent all the imaginations that poetry has ever expressed. 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. 3. What man would wish to have his designs and aims exposed to every onlooker? )Christ's character the soul's true garmentD. So after he had put on the clothes, and left his rags behind, he came down and said, 'Well, Mr. Weaver, what do you think of me?' A RICH DRESS. Love what Christ loved, hate what Christ hated. From the time that our first parents sewed their fig leaves, every, soul has been busy at some garment. The whole gospel is preached and summed up in that single exhortation. 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. This man being a Christian, he wished to befriend him; he told him if he would go home with him, he would give him a suit of clothes. (viii)Constancy and perseverance (Revelation 2:26).III. Our Lord represents the accepted character of a believer by the wedding garment of a guest, and Peter exhorts us to be "clothed with humility," etc. Napoleon III. )How the Christian ought to walkJ. 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. Sincerity can afford, like our first parents in Paradise, to be naked and not ashamed.(C. THE DUTY ENFORCED.1. remarks, "It is a common phrase that a person has put him on, whom he imitates." When we imitate His example. His meekness and patience.3. He has the most —1. We are constantly putting on the characters of others. The highest beings in the universe admire this robe.2. Robinson, D.D.cast every other in the shade.I.COSTLY. All the doctrines of Christianity are intended to expel our native corruption, and raise us nearer to the character and will of God. For decency, it being a shame to be unclothed, especially garments being provided for us. The next clause helps to explain this part of the meaning, by giving us its opposite.II. To avoid this —(1)Be careful to keep a good conscience (Genesis 39:9). USE.1. Christ is ever with us. Do we not see a very familiar display of it in the genius of the poet, by which he conceives of characters — creatures of his imagination, yet true to nature — distinguished from one another and from himself in their modes of thought and actuating passions, and, through all the variety of situations in which they may be placed, severally well sustained? From the time that our first parents sewed their fig leaves, every, soul has been busy at some garment. When we imitate His example. A DISSUASIVE FROM SIN.1. The truth, e.g., that Christ is life, and that apart from Christ is no life, is act forth most often by vivid metaphors. and He says, 'Why, thou art all fair, My love; there is no spot in thee.' He whom we love most we shall imitate most. H. Spurgeon.Standing near the remarkable spring at Ewell, in Surrey, and watching the uprising of the waters, one sees at the bottom of the pool innumerable circles with smaller circles within them, from which extremely fine sand is continually being upheaved by the force of the rising water. It might not be right for us to go into the company of sinners as He did, nor employ His terrible invectives; but we can cherish the spirit which led Him to seek the lost, and sympathise with His repugnance to evil. Thus the Divine graces of His character are not impressed in the way of mere commandment alone; but, as the beauty of the landscape and the fragrance of flowers possess our outward senses, so these finer influences sink into the deeper perceptions of the spirit. Break with your past self; come to Christ for strength, and by prayer to Him and earnestly seeking Him, be quickened and transformed. Attend to private preparation. It is not our natural dress.2. We are constantly putting on the characters of others. (1)To give light to our understanding in the knowledge of the Scriptures. Truth, as the girdle, making the wearer strong and ready for work.4. "Because," said the actor, "I recite fiction as if it were truth, while you deliver truth as if it were fiction."II. 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?' (ii)Self-denial (Matthew 16:24). An internal application of Him. "To put on Christ"; "to be found in Him, not having our own righteousness"; to be "clothed" with His meekness and humility; to have "His spirit," and "the same mind in us that was also in Him"; to open our hearts for His "abode," and have Him "formed within us, the hope of glory" — who but recognises at once, in this so controverted and abused language, the burden of the New Testament? 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 would not do to speak thus of any one else, however distinguished. This is considered by interpreters as the chief thing meant. Attend to private preparation. The first words spoken by God, after all, in scripture are “Let there be light!†To his followers gathered on a hillside, Jesus says, “ You are the light of the world. Sincerity can afford, like our first parents in Paradise, to be naked and not ashamed.(C. The truth, e.g., that Christ is life, and that apart from Christ is no life, is act forth most often by vivid metaphors. (viii)Constancy and perseverance (Revelation 2:26).III. )How the Christian ought to walkJ. )Christian sincerityC. A. Bartol.There are two methods of moral improvement: first, acting from ourselves according to an abstract principle; and, secondly, living over again the example of actual excellence. 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. (iii)By this He expiated our sins, and purchased righteousness for us (1 John 2:2). An external profession of Him, by works before men.(R. I sent the man upstairs, and told him he would find a suit which he could put on; it was my second best. This is considered by interpreters as the chief thing meant. That we may best prepare for a dying hour, and for the solemn scenes beyond. (2)Ground of justification. You will be applauded if you act your part well — by God and the good.(T. Study your part well. How can we ever stand before God, who chargeth even the angels with folly, and in whose sight the very heavens are not clean? TRY TO BE LIKE CHRIST. 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