If we cannot “literally” put on Christ, then the Apostles have led us astray. You seem to equate “physical” with “literal”. This is a Calvanistic error that has been passed to all Reformed Christians.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3;12
If you think these things are not visible, tangible, and literal, you have missed the Gospel message. I agree that they are spiritual realities, but they also manifest themselves in temporal reality.
Yes. Jesus used the mundane, such as mud, water, soil, and other elements to teach us about spiritual truths. But these elements are not “mere reflections”. On the contrary, they are the conduits thru. which He dispenses grace.
Do you think there was any “power” in the mud or spittle Jesus used to heal the blind? Or were these physical elements through which He effected spiritual realities? Why teach the Apostles to baptize with water, if this was without purpose? Do you think that Jesus did anything without purpose?
Why was Naaman told to dip himself into the Jordan 7 times to be healed? Are we not in agreement that leprosy is a type and shadow of Sin?