“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, …”
It is a wonderful truth to know that “whosoever” can be redeemed and reborn through believing in the person and works of Jesus Christ. Not our works, but His. This passage of Scripture enlightens us upon a very interesting subject: What are the garments of salvation?
Garments are used for covering. After Adam and Eve sinned, God covered their nakedness; “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”
(Genesis 3:21). This is after they first tried covering themselves; “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
(Genesis 3:7). Notice that man tries to quickly cover up but God provides the best through sacrifice. And in this case He provided “fur coats” to replace their “hula skirts”. God always provides the best.
If we depend on self-righteousness or works for our salvation we will never be good enough according to God’s requirements; “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.”
(Isaiah 64:6). I would rather be covered in His “royal righteous robe” than in my “ripped and ruined Reeboks”. God always has the best to give.
But let’s keep going. Look at what happens in Luke 15:22 after the prodigal son returns home, “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.” Isn’t this a great portrait of salvation? Just as the father perfectly clothed his son to signify that he belonged to the family so God clothes born again Believers with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. God always has the perfect solution.
Here is the good news. According to Revelation 19:7-8 there is going to be a special celebration in Heaven and Christians are known as the “bride”. “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure…” (Revelation 19:7-8)
But here is the bad news. In Matthew 22, Jesus shared the parable of the Wedding Feast. In this parable Jesus describes how a certain man refused to put on his wedding garments. “”But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.“”
God has graciously prepared garments of righteousness for those who believe in Jesus. What are you wearing? Are you clothed with self-righteousness or with the garments of salvation?
Pray and thank God for sending Jesus!