FUTURE GARMENTS OF THE SAINTS
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. That aura of glory 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?
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’. 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.
"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.
Blood of the ram, made the temporary garments of the Old Testament to be a covering spiritually until the blood of Jesus allowed spiritual garments we use in this present age as our spiritual wardrobe.
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 before the fall. 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.
Man’s whole nature is tainted by sin. We are not able to anymore wear the garment that Adam and Eve had in their innocence. The human spirit is darkened, our souls are debased and inclined to sin, our bodies are diseased and bound for death, our wills are weak and easily misled, our consciences are blunted, deadened, and need awakened, our minds are deceitful, and therefore we are under a judgment of wrath for sin, guilty sinners, utterly lost, children of the devil, and affected by his controls, until we receive Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer. The souls, salvation, are changed, and spiritual garments are given. In heaven, in our new bodies, that have been travailing in pain, awaiting the adoption, will be given a change of garments.
Romans 8:17-23 (KJV)
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 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 our body.
We have now, on this blood red carpet of salvation wear spiritual garments, but when our body finally receives the redemption of this mortal body, we will change clothes there in heaven, putting on more than the ‘first fruits’, but an eternal garment.
Mankind was once clothed with that ‘aura’, but sin ruined that original ‘aura’ clothing. Yet, God has provided a garment for us, and we are to put it on our person. We are being offered a great garment to wear. All Christians also have a garment to put on soon.
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. This word 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.
SHEDDING THIS MORAL BODY,
WE WILL SOON ACCEPT
AN EVEN BETTER GARMENT SOON.
The ‘apron of leaves’ that mankind first tried to use, needed to be shed. In the beginning days of the Adamic race, 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, because the aura glory that once clothed mankind was gone after sin brought the fall, the body needed clothes to cover it. The aprons of leaves was not sufficient. Blood needed shed, so that a death brought a covering. Insufficient were the apron of leaves that they had tried to use to cover themselves.
Mankind had become 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.
Later, Joshua, the high priest, needed to shed his filthy garments.
Zechariah 3:1-7 (KJV)
1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Joshua was the High Priest at the time of the return of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. In this fifth vision, Zechariah sees Joshua standing before "the Angel of the Lord", and "Satan" was also there. This vision is predominantly one depicting the last day battle of Satan to corrupt, or keep destitute, the priesthood. God is showing in this vision, the change of the priesthood of the last days in spiritual revival. The shedding of the filthy garments and the placing of clean raiment upon Joshua - represents the revival of the priesthood ministry in the last days. We should be in new garments now, and soon, when we are raptured or resurrected, and given new bodies, we will again be given a new garment.
We, the priesthood of the last days, are to be given clean garments. This indicates a revival of the last days. The church is desperately in need of a revival. During this finished period, we should be shedding the filthy spiritual garments, and put on the spiritual garments.
"And He answered and spake unto those that stood before Him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment."
JESUS SHED HIS HEAVENLY GARMENT
WHEN HE CAME TO EARTH TO LIVE AMONG US.
Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The Kenosis of Christ, is a term that comes from the Greek word ‘kenoo (G2758), meaning "to empty out, to drain." When it says ‘made Himself of no reputation’, it is the word ‘kenoo’, meaning He emptied Himself, He drained out of Himself many things.
Jesus emptied, temporarily, Himself from His equality with God. He put Himself into total subjection to Another One of the Trinity. We too need to realize we are totally in subjection to the Lord Jesus, and not His boss, but ‘followers’ and disciples of Him.
Jesus emptied Himself of His eternal, holy, pure, all powerful body, to take human-form. We still await our ‘redeemed body’. We have been made eternal spiritually, but we are in a human body that still suffers pain, weakness, and is slowly dying. We have human body frailties, till the ‘adoption’ of the body at the rapture/resurrection.
Jesus emptied Himself of His authority in heaven and in earth. He had that returned after the resurrection. We will someday ‘rule and reign’ with Jesus, but right now, we are not in ‘authority’ over this world, but we have, as Jesus, ‘authority’ over the devil, and can resist him and make him flee.
Jesus emptied Himself of His divine attributes and outward powers that He had in heaven. He had no power to do miracles until His anointing with the Spirit, at the time when the ‘Dove’ rested upon His head. We too have no power in ourselves. It is the power of the Spirit that does miracles through us.
Peter 2:21-25 (KJV)
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Jesus shed His heavenly garments, and put on the spiritual garments like we wear, or can wear, now. Jesus was tempted by sin, resisted and did not yield to that temptation, to prove that in human form, in human weakness, mankind, even we, can also resist temptation with the aid of the Spirit of God.
Jesus ‘emptied Himself’, He shed His claim to authority, came as a servant, gave up a throne, all for us... and showed us by illustration, how to live a human life. We wear garments now, as He did then. He returned to heaven, and took again His garments of deity. We will not be deity in heaven, but our new garment there will be immortal, and righteous in a new way.
Too many want to be ‘little gods’, and want to claim to have powers in themselves. We have One, the Comforter, Who is with us to do miracles, but we are not deity. Jesus emptied Himself of all that to show us how to have a miraculous life, though we are only human.
Jesus promised all believers power to do the works that He did. We have the same powers that He had, we are to do His works, and even mightier works, though still emptied of any personal power of our own. Jesus humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Our road leads to a cross too. He came to bear the sins of the world, we still are concerned about those sins, if we are on the same road as Christ Jesus, and walking with Christ Jesus.
The church at Sardis, had been taught, for they are told to ‘remember’ what they had ‘received and heard’... They were to ‘hold fast, and repent’ due to what they were being told to remember. So the truths they had been taught, were would bring conviction for sin, cause them to be stronger, and make them be ‘watchful’... not in darkness or ignorance.
4. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white; for they are worthy.
5. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.
6. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Of this church the Lord adds that there were "a few who have not defiled their garments." God knows His own. This church started out well, but did not go far enough. The overcomers are promised to be able to walk with "Christ in white." The ones who do not overcome, are warned that they will have their names blotted out of the book of life... That is quite a contrast, from walking with Jesus in ‘white’, to not even coming into the kingdom.
We are given spiritual garments down here on earth, while in our mortal bodies. Soon, we will be called home to heaven, given immortal bodies, and eternal rewards which include a new garment, a white garment, to put over our ‘undefiled’ spiritual garments. That eternal garment will be white, eternal and give our new body great powers. No, we will not be divine, not gods. We will be in the family of our God, and enjoy blessings beyond what we can now imagine.