For those of you who have ever taken care of a baby, you know that the baby is pretty helpless. In fact, the newborn has so little control over their muscles, they will accidentally punch themselves. This lack of muscle control makes it impossible for the baby to dress themselves. However, there comes a time when the baby grows into a young child and they learn to put on their clothes all by themselves. Then, as they become teens they have to learn discernment about what kind of clothing is appropriate to wear. We can look at our relationship with God in a similar fashion. Before we know Christ, we may learn to clothe ourselves but we don't know the difference between what is good in God's eyes and what is not. However, once we believe in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit who teaches us what God wants. Please turn to Ephesians 4:20-24.
I like the idea of "putting on" our new nature in these verses which makes me think of putting on clothes because there are some references in the Bible about special clothes. The first reference that I want to look at is the parable found in Matthew 22:1-14. In this parable, Jesus tells of a king that was having a wedding feast for his son. None of the guests that were invited showed up, so the king invited everyone found on the streets. When he came in to the banquet hall to greet his guests, the Bible says, "he noticed a man who wasn't wearing the proper clothes for a wedding." At the time Jesus told this parable, it was customary for the host to provide special clothes for the wedding feast. It would have been insulting for the guests to not wear the clothes. Now compare this parable to Zechariah 3:3-5. We are given new clothes when our sins are washed away! What a beautiful picture.
I am covering a rather broad topic in a little blog post, so I apologize for brushing over some wonderful points and references. Please turn to Revelation 19:7-8. Notice the parallel in all three verses that the people were given the special clothes to wear. These are the clothes that God wants us to wear and as we see in Jesus' parable, it is unacceptable to not wear these clothes. Now go back to the reference in Ephesians and we read that our thoughts and attitudes are renewed by the work of the Holy Spirit and we learn what clothing we are to put on. This week, my emphasis has been on the fact that once we believe in salvation through Christ Jesus that we are created into a new creature. Ephesians 4:24 references that we were created to be like God - righteous and holy! That is the new clothing we are to wear. What a huge topic to cover in such a short amount of time...perhaps it is a topic for a future study.
Are you wearing the clothes God wants you to wear?
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