There is something that is already true about our spiritual life and something that should be true about it, an indicative and an imperative. There is a holiness that we already have and a holiness that we should continue to pursue. We have been made righteous, yet we strive to live righteously.
I. Wake Up! (Romans 13:11-12a)
II. Throw Off! (Romans 13:12b-13)
III. Put on! (Romans 13:14)
Romans 13:11–14 (NKJV)
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
In Romans 15:14-21 Paul gives a defense of his ministry, especially of his boldness in writing this letter to a church he did not found and had never visited. Except for a few individuals he had met elsewhere, he did not know the Christians in Rome. Yet he addresses them both warmly and forthrightly, as if they were close friends.