WHAT ARE OUR SPIRITUAL CLOTHES
THAT WE ARE TO BE WEARING
AS SAINTS OF GOD?
At award events for the Hollywood crowd, they usually have a long red carpet outside the event, and the stars and their guests, stroll along that red carpet, while photographers snap their pictures. The participants of the event wear fashions to stun, captivate, impress, and bring them (they hope) notoriety on the news media reports. Some of the clothes are impressive, some are totally too revealing, all are costly, and none do more than impress for the one time. Some struggle to keep they from falling off, some trip on the heights of the heels, some reveal some great fashion sense, and others reveal a total lack of fashion sense.
Those are all literal clothing, and reveal nothing of the spiritual garments of those wearers. Yet, much time was given, much money was spent, many alterationswere done, in preparation for these red carpet events.
Congregations of the saints do not normally have red carpet events at church, and yet, some still over the decades, have maintained a watchful eye on the wardrobes of the saints.
In the Bible times, the clothing worn by the Hebrews was graceful, modest, and exceedingly significant. They preferred bright colors. There was no real difference between the clothing of the men and women, they both wore skirts and robes. The only difference was how ornamental the clothing was. The women wore clothing that had embossing, embroidery, and needlework. When Moses commanded that the men and women were not to wear clothing of the opposite sex, he was stressing that men should not try to appear as women, and vice versa. The homosexual problem had permeated even that society.
I Peter 3:3
"Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel..."
Note in the verse above, that three things are mentioned: hair style, wearing gold, and wearing apparel. If the first two are wrong by this verse, then the third must be wrong also. Yet, not many are saying we shouldn't wear clothes. It is not all clothes, nor all hair adornments, nor all jewelry that is condemned.
Peter was warning the Christian women to beware the overemphasis on outward adornments, expensive clothes, and the excessive worrying about the outward appearance. The emphasis should be on the inward person. To have a beautiful and loving spirit is much more important. Many men and women spend more time in front of a mirror than they do the Bible.
Jewelry was much more important to the oriental than to the occidental. Diadems, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings, gold nets for the hair, pendants, jeweled perfume and ointment boxes were common in that culture. The customs of the day required use of rich, festal garments, and a great display of jewelry when approaching deity. The Lord wanted His people to know that He looked on the inside of a person rather than the outside. God cannot be fooled by a lovely outward appearance when the inward person is filled with sin and ugliness.
Jewelry was given to Moses for the building of the tabernacle.
The Prodigal son was given a ring.
The High Priest wore on the fringe of his robe pomegranates and bells of gold. On his breastplate was golden thread and precious stones in gold mountings. The mitre of the High Priest was surmounted by a crown of pure gold.
Jesus mentioned jewelry twice- [the parable of the pearl merchant, and the parable of the casting of pearls before swine.]
Paul exhorted the Christian women not to rely on broidered hair, or gold, or pearls or costly array.
I Timothy 2:9
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness, and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array."
James warned not to give preference to someone who has a gold ring or costly array.
"...if there come in your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, ant there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing... are ye not then partial?
The emphasis of the Bible on clothing and jewelry seems to be more interested in the costliness of the clothes and jewelry than on the style, or even the modesty.
1 Timothy 2:9 (KJV)
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
The word for "modesty" in I Timothy 2:9 is "kosmios", which refers to the emphasis of the clothes, not how much they cover. If one wears clothes to impress and stun the viewer, it is immodest. If one is extravagant, or spends too much time and money on their clothes to get attention from God or others in the congregation, then it is immodest. In too many of the congregations of the day, there has been a judgmental attitude against certain styles, and skirt lengths.
Some think God is carefully watching everyone's apparel as they enter the building of worship. Yet, on the Day of Atonement, the only day the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies, the High Priest had to remove his grand garments, and enter in his underwear. He could not come to God in the pretentious and beautiful clothes of his position. He had to come in the most humble way to God.
Many believe that people should always dress nicely for church to show respect for God. I see two problems in this belief. One problem is the obvious- respect comes from the heart, not material that you are using to cover your body. When God first created Adam and Eve, they apparently wore no clothing before they ate the fruit. Does this mean that they lived in disrespect for God in that time period? Clothing didn't even enter the minds of Adam and Eve until Satan came along and led them into rebellion.
Another problem would be this- what's nice to me might not always be nice to you, and vice versa. If I'm going to show respect for God through my clothes, why should I choose according to your style to do so? Why should I have to conform to what you think of as "normal", or "nice"? If I'm dressing nice for God, then that's something that should be between God and myself. But if I started dressing according to what you think of as nice, then it wouldn't be just between God and myself anymore, because I would be doing it also for acceptance from you.
God wants us to: be modest in the amount of money we spend on clothes, emphasize the inward beauty, rather than the outward, have our attention on the spiritual, rather than the flesh, set a good example, avoid concentrating on impressing others with clothing and adornments.
Too many people today are wearing costly and extravagant clothing and jewelry. God would be more pleased with them if they wore less extravagant clothing, and less expensive jewelry. Some of these same people will criticize the poorer saint who might wear clothes that are simpler, cheaper, etc.
These critical, judgmental attitudes are a disgrace to the church. God looks on the heart of His people, but mankind has too long looked and judged the outward. It is time for the saints to begin with themselves, and spend time and money on the inward beauty that God wants us to have.
Standards, rules, and regulations of the church are not supposed to be legislation, but are supposed to guide our conduct. They are to be like blueprints, which give instruction on how to build in order to reach a desired end. These proper standards are to help us to please God, to influence the world aright, and to not offend our fellow Christians.
There is always a danger in rules, regulations, and standards that we begin to depend on certain ones to be our source of salvation. This we call "legalism" or "Galatianism", because the people of Galatia, to which Paul wrote, had gone back to old customs, law, and rules that were unnecessary in Christianity. Paul had to reprimand them for their entanglement in rules.
Two commandments that Paul gave the Galatians are these:
1. First, he told them to stand fast in the liberty that Christ had given them, from all bondage in legalism. (Gal. 5:1, 3:10-12) (Compare Col. 2:14-17)
2. He told them not to become entangled again with the yoke of bondage to the Law.
"...be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage..."
The word "entangled" is from the Greek word, "enecho" and means "to be held or caught." We are free from Jewish rites, commandments, days, sabbaths, times, years, and any traditions or rules of religion.
Susannah Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley (two great evangelists of the 19th century), gave her definition of sin as:
"Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish for spiritual things, that - to you- is sin."
The disagreements on standards in wardrobes sometimes change with the era and culture. When Christians cannot agree, some think that if all others do not agree with them, the others are not "spiritual", or are "sinful." Paul's advice is "Don't judge another man's servant!" We answer to God alone. We are not to answer to denominations, or church dogmas. We are servants of the Lord, and to Him alone do we answer. We must not judge, condemn, or fault find other Christians with differences.
Paul didn't try to help the early Christians in Rome by giving them a long list of "do's" and "don't's". Instead, he gave them basic principles to help guide their conduct and standards. It is time for Christianity to throw out its added list of rules. It has hindered Christianity for centuries. It has cost us souls for the kingdom. It has put unnecessary burdens and condemnation on new converts. It has developed a group of Christians who are worse than the Pharisees of the early church days. It has created a hypocritical, and unloving church to which few sinners feel drawn.
Note in Romans 14:1-2 (see above), it is the one who has added extra restrictions to those given of God that Paul calls "weak." Today, it is reversed and many will call a brother "weak" if he doesn't keep the added rules or taboos. The Bible points out in Romans 14, that it is the legalist (i.e. the one who adds rules), that is the "weak" one.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of majoring in minors. It is easy to be critical and judgmental. In many congregations of the church today, the majoring in minor debates of rules and conduct is condoned. It leads to legalistic, miserable, critical, and judgmental "Christians." It is easy to judge another who dresses, acts, looks, or thinks a bit different. In reality, the condemner is the "weak" one. To not have enough love to accept some differences, to allow Christian liberty, and to share the freedom given to us by God, is far too common in the congregations of today.
Since God is the Master, we really don't have a right to judge His servants. We are not their masters. The moment you criticize another for choice of physical wardrobe, you are trying to assume God's job.
We know Jesus is our Lord and Master, and we know His love and forgiveness for us. We also know that He commanded us to "love one another, as I have loved you." (John 15:12). How then can we judge and condemn? If we do condemn, we are showing that our relationship with Jesus is not as it should be.
"Let us not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way."
Don't allow your liberty to stumble others. This is sometimes difficult. Some stumble so easily. Jesus allowed His disciples to gather grain as they traveled on the Sabbath. Some Pharisees jumped on this as a criticism of the Lord. He had not stumbled these Pharisees. They were already stumbled by their own hypocritical judgmentalism. What Romans 14:13 refers to is to not allow our freedom to lead another to a place that to them would hinder spiritual growth.
At the award shows, the fashions worn by the women are normally very revealing, barely covering, and ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ are not that unusual. The saint is to have covering for grace and for power in our work, and nakedness is not appropriate nor desired by the true saint in their spiritual wardrobe.
Some saints are barely covered, some are totally naked of garb provided by the Lord. I heard a missionary some decades ago, describe what it was like when he first reached his mission location. The people in the village to which he had been called, had never seen a Bible, never heard of Jesus, never been evangelized before. He noticed obvious signs of their lack of knowledge of the ways of Christianity.
His first objective when he arrived was to build a small church, to begin to have meetings, to preach the gospel. Upon completion, he advertised the invitation for the village inhabitants to attend the meeting. The chosen first day turned out to be a very hot day, and to his dismay, the villagers attended, but came completely naked.
That nakedness was normal for them, unknowingly, they were making the missionary very uncomfortable. He had preached in many services, but never to a crowd of naked people. The Bible school in which he trained for his ministry, had never hinted that this would occur.
Uncomfortable, but still wanting to win souls in this gospel starved village, he began to preach an evangelical, good news about salvation, message. The villagers responded, and came, naked as they were, down to the front of the church to accept Jesus. The missionary prayed with them, they came to Jesus, and then came another surprise.
The villagers began to speak in tongues, receiving a second blessing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The missionary knew it was not their native language, or even a second language of theirs, for some of them were speaking in perfect English.
The pastor was being given an illustrated lesson by God. We all come to the Lord naked of any righteousness, and God accepts us in grace that way. God is not going to await the ‘good works’ or the decency of clothing, to give His salvation and empowerment gifts. God is not as judgmental of consequences of sin, as He is full of grace for unredeemed mankind.
REQUIRED PHYSICAL COVERING
Were Adam and Eve naked before the fall into sin? They recognized they were naked after the fall, had they lost the clothing that God had provided? If they were naked before the fall, why did they not see that nakedness? When we take a look at the Scriptures, we may realize something that our generation has, for the most part, overlooked.
Man is a fantastic creation. The body consists of various chemicals including iron, sugar, salt, carbon, iodine, phosphorus, lime, calcium, etc. There are 263 bones, 600 muscles, 970 miles of blood vessels, 10 million nerves, 2500 sweat tubes to each square inch of skin, 600 million air cells in the lungs. Our hearts pump 4200 times an hour, and pump 12 tons of blood a day.
Yet, we are more than a body. We have a soul and a spirit. God Who made our body so fantastic, also made our soul and spirit fantastic. We are made in the likeness of God.
‘And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him.’
We are made in the ‘likeness’ and ‘image of God. The word ‘image’ is from the Hebrew word ‘tselem’ and refers to the resemblance of outward form’. The word ‘likeness’ is from the Hebrew word ‘demuwth’ and means ‘resemblance, model, shape.’ So, how are we ‘like’ God. Perhaps we are not so much in His image now, as we were then, for mankind was ‘sinless’ in creation, and far from that now.
God has an aura about His manifest presence. It is described in Revelation 4:3:
‘a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.’
An aura surrounded His manifest presence. Could it be that mankind was also created with an aura about their body, and that aura, of glory and indicative of their spiritual state, was removed by the fall into sin, and that is why Adam and Eve saw a nakedness after the fall, that was not noticed before?
The nakedness was a spiritual nakedness, for the spirits of Adam and of Eve were no longer clothed in the aura glory of God. They were naked, spiritually, their sinfulness had robbed them of their spiritual covering. When our inner spirit is connected to God’s presence, there is an aura of God’s presence round about us. Sin broke that connection. The eyes of the body, in a sinful body, does not see that aura now, but in the ‘spirit’ we can see ‘aura’s’.
A sinner is still ‘naked’ of that aura. God instituted clothes to cover that nakedness, and to symbolically remind us of the need to be ‘covered’. Someday, in heaven, in our new sin-free bodies, an aura of glory will again be seen robing us as our clothing.
The ‘red carpet’ walk into the throne room, will illustrate the glory of the wardrobe of the saints. We will walk in glory, we will be proud of the ‘red’ blood stained carpet that gives us entrance, and we will be assured that our wardrobe in that moment, far exceeds any garments of this world’s ‘red carpet’ times of strutting.
1 Corinthians 15:41-50 (KJV)
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
The glory of our aura wardrobe will vary. Some will be more glorious in that walk up the red carpet to the throne of God than others.
Philippians 3:20-21 (KJV)
"... we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body..."
Spiritually, we shall walk on a carpet stained red in the blood of Jesus, clothed in glorious robes of righteousness, far exceeding the garments of those of earth who strutted their earthly fashions for personal notoriety. Our glory is due only to Jesus, and His gifts of aura glory of righteousness that will clothe us for eternity.
Man was made a little lower (for a little time lower) than the angels. (Psalms 8:3, Hebrews 2:7) The fantastic clothing of His presence will again clothe completely, and even soon be seen, when we get our new bodies.
Our spiritual garments now, must be His gifts for even now, for all our righteousness is as filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
God opens eyes, to reveal spiritual nakedness of sinners, and defiled clothing of those previously saved.
"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked (Heb. Ay-rom, ‘bare’) and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.’
The word for ‘naked’ there, in the Hebrew, does not necessitate having all clothes gone. A stripping away of part of one’s garments would also qualify. Adam and Eve were still ‘naked’ before God, still hiding in shame, even after sewing fig leaves together. God came and did not restore the aura, but showed them that ‘blood’ had to be shed, the garment of a ram had to cover them. This symbolically showed that the ‘righteousness’ that the aura represents has to be replaced by the ‘shedding of blood’ of the Lamb.
Mankind has always tried to add more garments to counter the loss of the main garment we are to wear. The ‘aprons’ that Adam and Eve added, did not qualified. The word means ‘girdle’. And to add that to clothes they probably already had on, did not replace the aura that they had had. They wanted to replace the covering that was missing due to sin.
God put a ‘coat of skins’ on them.
"the Lord God made a coat of skins, and clothed them’.
Blood had to be shed to cover man, till the ‘aura’ could be restored. The aprons of leaves was not sufficient.
Adam’s sin was willful, for Adam was ‘not deceived’ as was Eve (I Timothy 2:14). Adam knew what God had commanded, and willfully rebelled against that rule of God. This sin reflected upon the goodness of God. Adam’s sin was a breach of the law of God. This was spiritual suicide, that Adam did in his sin (Romans 2:14).
His sin brought evil upon others. Mankind had changed from being innocent to being a failure. The ‘eyes were opened’ and man immediately sensed and saw the change. God’s desire to re-clothe man, and man’s attempt to re-clothe themselves, shows the recognition of the change.
Mankind became totally depraved of any goodness that would replace the innocence and righteousness that they once had. The original righteousness was corrupted and instead of an inclination to do right and good, mankind has since has the inclination toward evil. Total depravity refers to man’s total inability to restore he Creator/creature relationship without God’s help.
Every tear, every drop of sweat, every pain, every sorrow, every death, every heartache, all trace back their origin to the first sin of mankind.
SPIRITUALLY NAKED, WE NEED
THE UNDERWEAR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Mankind’s nature is tainted by sin,
and is stripped of its righteousness.
Luke 6:29 (KJV)
"... him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
The ‘cloke’ referred to here is the outer robe worn by a person in that time. It is the Greek word ‘ himation’ and was worn in places to show off one’s status, and fashion. The word ‘coat’ is the Greek word ‘chitona’ and refers to the inner garment, one we would call out underwear. Similar to the nightshirt idea of underwear, it was sometimes worn when one was at work, to have stripped down out of all other hindering garments to physical work. It was worn as a nightshirt at night in which one could modestly sleep.
Common people of Rome were forbidden to wear the outer garment, and only allowed to wear the inner underwear garment. Those of status and authority wore an outer robe (cloke) that indicated their work, ministry, or government office.
The inner underwear garment is a type and shadow of what all of the saints are to be wearing, and it is the righteousness of God that is to clothe every saint. In the fall of mankind, our righteousness as humans was stripped from us via sin’s curse, and we now must receive by grace the righteousness of Christ Jesus.
THE ORIGINAL SIN, AND EVERY SIN SINCE,
HAS MADE OUR UNDERGARMENT TO BE AS FILTHY RAGS.
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
THE FALL MADE US UNCLEAN,
AND CLOTHED US IN FILTHY RAGS
Mankind’s human spirit is darkened
Ephesians 4:17-18 (KJV)
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Man’s soul is inclined to sin
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ephesians 4:19 (KJV)
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Man’s body is bound for death
Romans 7:24 (KJV)
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Man’s will is easily misled
Romans 7:15-20 (KJV)
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Man’s conscience is rebellious, and needs reproved awakened
2 Timothy 4:2-4 (KJV)
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Man’s mind is deceitful
Romans 1:21-22 (KJV)
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Man is under a judgment of wrath for his sins
Romans 2:5-12 (KJV)
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Man is guilty, lost, and greatly influenced by the devils
Ephesians 2:2 (KJV)
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
HAVING RUINED OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS
WE CAN BE RE-CLOTHED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
OFFERED BY THE LORD.
We are certainly not infallible but now are ‘depraved’, if we are in sin. Mankind is ‘dead in trespasses and in sins.’ (Ephesians 2:1) Physical death of this body, and eventual ‘second death’ (Rev. 20:14) is the one choice. That choice results in lack of communion with God.
Mankind was once clothed with that ‘aura’ under-garment of righteousness, but sin ruined that original ‘aura’ under-clothing. Yet, God has provided a garment for us, and we are to put it on our person. We are offered a great garment to wear. All Christians have a garment to put on, that Jesus provided for us, and we spiritually wear it, unseen in the natural, but someday to become visible.
I Corinthians 15:39-58
(53, 54) "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying, that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.’
Death came upon all at the fall. When mankind comes to Jesus the body is still, temporarily, bound for death, Yet, immediately, the soul that was also in ‘death’, is given life. The soul therefore takes on the ‘aura’ of righteousness, and soon the new body we shall receive will have its aura too. So, for now, the aura we have is not seen with the human eye.
We are to ‘put on’ the aura undergarment of His righteousness.
This word ‘put on’ is the Greek ‘enduo’ means to ‘sink into a garment, to clothe.’ We need to sink into the garment, the aura of God’s righteousness.
The body is fantastic in its creation. We are yet to see all the wonders of the spirit and soul that God has created. They are the true person, the body is just a ‘throwaway’. The new spirit body which we will have for eternity will outshine and outperform any human body here. Its wonders are beyond comprehension. Yet, we do know that it once was clothed with an aura, and the soul regains that aura at salvation. The sinful body awaits its ‘redemption’, and suffers here, waiting.
"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body.’
Therefore, this body is not fully redeemed. It is awaiting the ‘adoption’, the time of rapture/resurrection, and then it will be transformed into a spirit body, that is eternal, and clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Now, we have the ‘first fruits’ of the Spirit, and our spirit is clothed in righteousness, and is made alive again. It had been dead in sin. We await that adoption, that transformation, and do a bit of ‘groaning’ (as Paul puts it) waiting for that event.
So, spiritually, we must first put on the ‘righteousness of the Lord’ and then clothed in His righteousness, we can lay claim to outer garments, for our ministry and our warfare for the Lord’s kingdom.