“For as many of you as were baptized in Christ have put on Christ. Now there is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither slave nor free. There is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are in Christ, you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Galatians 3:27–29
When I’m asked to tell my “religion” or “religious preference,” I like to say that I’m “clothed in Christ,” a phrase that comes from the tender-yet-scathing book of Galatians. When Paul tells the Galatians they have “put on Christ,” he means that they have donned the Savior like some sort of garment. Over their old selves—the sin-filthy, beat-up, idol-worshiping selves—they’ve been covered by the One who is incorruptible—the sin-clean, nail-scarred, idol-destroying One. If you think of those cartoons where the character puts on a suit that looks like another character, you’ve got something close.
In context, it’s important because the Galatians have been hoodwinked into thinking they need to do something more to really be saved. Some religious nuts have popped in to tell them they need to slice some skin here, follow some rules there, and generally look more like the religious nuts. “You can’t get to heaven unless you look like us,” they say.
Yeah … that’s a lie.
When God looks at those who are in Christ, He sees Christ. He doesn’t see your tat or your long hair or that time you woke up in somebody’s bed you didn’t even know. He sees Christ—the new you that grace applied. That’s pretty cool, considering the promise.
Excuses have probably popped into some of your heads. Let’s deal with them.
“But you don’t know what I did.”
“But I need to get myself cleaned up first.”
“But God could never love me.”
Clothed in Christ means you don’t have to fix yourself or follow a system. God’s love in Jesus takes care of it. Try Him on for size—He always fits.