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19th September 2023

Spiritual Clothing

God is clothed in several hugely impressive ways (Psalm 93:11, Psalm 104:1).
He is clothed in majesty, strength, honour & power. How awesome that must be!!
Just as the Lord is clothed so He clothes His people. He provides for us as a good, good Father.
That started with physical clothes in Eden but ‘In Christ’ we are clothed in spiritual ways.
Our ultimate clothing & covering is Christ himself. He is the badge & brand we daily wear.
That is who we are seeking to display & make known to the people of this world.


For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27


Following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden God clothed Adam & Eve with animal skins (Genesis 3:21).
That covered their nakedness which had highlighted their guilt & shame after disobeying the Lord through sin.
In the process it is highly likely that the Lord taught them that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22).
Those skins were a constant reminder that their sin had been forgiven.
That initial sin had lasting consequences for all humanity. The power of sin entered the world.
We would each fall prey to it & become enslaved to it’s penalty (death) & power (Romans 3:23).

God’s response was the promised seed & saviour Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15). Christ came to reverse the curse of sin & death.
Christ shed His precious blood for us upon Calvary to free us from sin’s penalty & release us from its power (Romans 3:24).
In Christ was redemption, forgiveness & life. When we repent of our sin & return to the Lord we too are forgiven & clothed.
Jesus is the covering we wear. The badge & brand we constantly display to the world.
Believers are clothed with Christ & covered with His anointing (see last week’s TFD series).
We have wonderfully been given a garment of salvation & a robe of righteousness but more on that tomorrow.
O what a mighty Saviour & how good & gracious the Lord is.

We will also go on to look at how we are clothed in a number of other ways by the Lord’s grace & goodness:

  • Clothed with Salvation
  • Clothed in the New Humanity
  • Clothed with Armour
  • Clothed with Power from on high
  • Clothed with the Garment of Praise
  • Clothed with Humility

We will also briefly look at how we are instructed to put on and clothe ourselves with Christian values & virtues.

“We try to dress ourselves before God in the fig leaves of our own righteousness, but he clothes us kindly and properly with the righteousness of Christ. So we come before our Father clothed in Christ.”

Quote from the book Right With God by Michael Reeves https://www.unionpublishing.org/product/right-with-god/

Our physical clothes get affected by where we go & what we do in this life. Spiritually it is similar. SELAH
We therefore take care of our physical clothes – washing, ironing, carefully hanging them & confidently wearing them.
In like manner we must be aware of & pay attention to our spiritual clothing too.
Lord help & strengthen us in this daily task & responsibility.

For Reflection

  • How aware & attentive am I of my spiritual clothing?
  • In what ways am I a good wholesome advert for the ‘Jesus’ brand & badge?
  • Meditate upon the how we are clothed ’In Christ’ through the Lord’s grace & goodness.

A song related to this theme:

Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You clothe & cover me with Christ,
That in Your goodness, grace & mercy I am forgiven & free ‘In Christ’.
Jesus thank you for Your great sacrifice upon the cross,
That through Your death & resurrection I am forgiven, free & experiencing eternal life.
Wonderfully clothed in You, Your righteousness & Your anointing.
Holy Spirit help me live well, faithfully & fruitfully, for the Lord,
So that the badge & brand of Jesus Christ might be honoured by all.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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