Putting On Christ
"You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy."
-Revelation 3:4, emphasis added
Do you realize that we are to put on and wear Christ as our garment? For Christ said, "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments" (Revelation 3:5a). In Romans 13:14 we are told: "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." So whenever you get dressed, ask yourself: Would Jesus approve of what I am wearing?
Evaluating in this manner should change the way some of us dress. Jesus does not want us to wear anything that would draw attention away from the holiness of God. Yet our culture does that all the time. The more you are conformed to today's immodest culture, the more you will allow your body to dishonor God. As the beautiful hymn expresses below, every day we are wearing Christ, so we should consciously consider whether our clothing reflects all that He is to us as our righteous and holy Redeemer. As one great reformer wrote in his hymn, "Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness":
Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
Bold shall I stand in thy great day,
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully absolved through these I am-
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.
Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all, a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.
-Nicolaus L. von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)
Tr. by John Wesley (1703-1791)
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