Christ Is Our Clothing

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
GALATIANS 3:27
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Christ Is Our Clothing
This is a spiritual putting-on in the conscience, and it happens when the soul receives Christ and all His righteousness as its own possession, and trusts and relies on this as if it had done and merited this itself, just as a person is accustomed to receive his clothes. . . . We gladly hear that He is our clothing and mediates for us as for His clothing; but we are unwilling to tolerate it when He wants to cleanse His clothing. If we want to be His clothing, then we truly must tolerate it when He wants to cleanse it; He cannot and will not go about in dirty clothing. . .. Therefore, it is a good sign when He brings much suffering and does not stop cleansing His clothing with all kinds of suffering; where He does not do this, His clothing is not there.

From the Church Postil, sermon for New Year's Day on Galatians 3:23-29 (Luther's Works 76:20, 22)
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