Let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh… (Romans 13:12, 14)
Let’s say you’re wearing an old, dirty, stained and ragged coat. You’re given a new, spotless, beautiful coat. Do you leave the old coat on to put on the new coat? No. That would make so sense. It would be uncomfortable and binding. And, ridiculous. You’d shrug that old thing off first. Then, the new coat would fit right — comfortable, not binding.
To put on Christ you’d let go of the flesh, the sinful nature, the old nature first. Every day, every hour, every moment is a new opportunity to put on the new nature, provided with love, by your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time that old nature, the flesh, begins to re-appear and to taint this new nature in Christ, shrug it off. Accept what Jesus Himself gives you, a new nature, which is new life. Christ’s Life in you. That’s the Life that fits.
And stop arguing that the old coat is good enough. Or that you’re really not worth that beautiful new coat. Lies! The enemy’s lies! When God gives you something, by absolute faith, you are to drop that old ‘whatever it is’ and grab onto that new thing. No looking back, no questions asked. Take it whole-heartedly. This is trust. Believing the ‘new’ is perfect for you. The gift is perfect. The Giver is God Almighty.
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)