Being clothed with Christ speaks not just of our characters being changed into the likeness of Jesus; it also refers to our physical bodies being renewed with immortality at the Second Coming.
Bibles, paper, pencils, two bathrobes (one old and worn, one brand-new), several hymnals or religious songbooks
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- When Jesus returns, what aspect of your physical body do you most want to be changed? Maybe you long for perfect vision or hearing, better health, or the restoration of an ailing limb. Briefly share your wishes with the group.
- Show the two bathrobes to the class. The old robe (damaged and worn-out) represents our bodies here on earth; the new robe represents our bodies restored to perfection on the resurrection morning. Invite different class members to take turns putting on the old robe and ask them to finish this sentence: “One thing I don’t enjoy about life on this earth is ____.” Then have them put on the new robe and finish this sentence: “One thing I look forward to when Christ comes is ___.”
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- When you hear people talking about being made new when Christ comes again, does it sound like they hope it might happen or that they believe it will happen?
- Thought Questions
Read Galatians 3:26-29. As you read these verses, discuss answers to the following questions:
- How can we all be sons and daughters of God?
- How does Paul describe our being clothed in Christ?
- Why do you think a contrast is being made between so many things (Jew and Greek, male and female, etc.)?
- Why does Paul say, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed”?
- What does it mean to be “heirs according to the promise”?
Read Romans 6:1-6. Here is an explanation of how baptism depicts our life in Christ. What are the different parts of the baptismal process? Is there spiritual meaning in these verses?
- We stand in the baptismal tank.
- The tank is full of water.
- We are lowered under the water.
- We are lifted out of the water.
- The pastor prays over us, and we step out of the baptistery.
The transformation doesn’t just take place at Christ’s Second Coming; we are to put on a new way of life now. Read Colossians 3:1-14,. How are we to live in this new way of life?
- By setting our minds on heavenly things, not earthly things
- By putting to death the things of the flesh: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, etc.
- By letting God take our resentment, pride, deceit, envy, fear, gluttony, slander, etc.
- By allowing God to clothe us with compassion, kindness, humility, simplicity, generosity, etc.
- By putting on the main clothing—love—which binds everything together in perfect unity
In 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, we read about the resurrection and the change to our heavenly composition. Look carefully over these verses and discuss what different parts mean.
- The earthly tent
- A building from God, an eternal house
- Longing to be clothed as we will be in heaven
- Being clothed rather than being found naked
- That mortal things will be swallowed up by this life
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to the larger group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1: Your coworker is in tears. She tells you that her grandfather has just died, and she believes she will never see him again. Your friend knows nothing of the resurrection. In five sentences, tell your friend why you’re confident she will see her grandfather again.
- Option 2: As a group, brainstorm ways to make the baptismal experience even more special. What small things might your church do to add significance to this symbol of new life in Christ?
- Option 3: Find one or two hymns or songs that depict the resurrection. Instead of singing them to the group, simply read them in a poetic way that gives life and meaning to the words.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- As you wrap up this lesson, take a few moments to reflect quietly on this question: “Am I walking in the resurrection power of Christ right now?”
- Kneel together as a group and pray that the message of being clothed with Christ happens now as well on the resurrection morning.