Devotion: Jesus Put Off and Put On

There is a concept threaded throughout much of the Bible, especially the New Testament. It’s the idea of putting off and putting on.

Ephesians 4 tells us to put off the old self and put on the new self.

21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former way of life, you are to rid yourselves of the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you are to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. – NASB

Philippians 4 tells us to put off anxious thoughts and put on thoughts that are true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – NASB

As I was studying through Philippians, I noticed that Jesus also partook of this principle of putting off and putting on.

“who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men.” – Philippians 2:6-7

Do you see it?!?

Jesus put off the form of God to put on the form of flesh! The form of glory for the form of a servant.

The things that we put off and put on are for the purpose of becoming more like Him. The things He put off and put on were to become like us. 

He put off and put on to come to earth, live a perfect life, suffer a horrible death, and reconcile us to the Father by giving His life as payment for our sins. 

Praise You, Lord!

Prayer:

Thank you, Jesus, for putting off the form of God to put on the form of flesh. You came in the likeness of men that we may share in your glory.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:15

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