Justin Taylor’s Brief Research on “Putting on Christ/ Putting off Sin”

I’ve been intrigued by Paul’s idea of “putting on” and “putting off,” and wanted to investigate a little further.

The Greek word ἐνδύω is usually used in the Gospels for putting on or wearing clothes (Matt. 6:2522:1127:31Mark 1:66:915:20Luke 8:2715:22; cf. Acts 12:21). John uses the term the same way in the book of Revelation (Rev. 1:1315:619:14), though it’s clear there that the clothing is also symbolic of purity and righteousness. The only exception to the normal use in the Synoptics is that before his ascension Jesus instructed his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high.”

The apostle Paul seems to pick up this metaphorical use, and he runs with it in a variety of ways.

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