9: White Robes

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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The King’s daughter is all glorious within; 
Her clothing is interwoven with gold. 
She will be led to the King in embroidered work…
Psalm 45:13, 14a

The Bride must wear Wedding Clothes that please the King. Without those specific garments, he/she – though present – is cast out of the celebration! Clothes are a Biblical symbol, picture of life’s reality. Joseph was clothed with Divine favor, by a brilliant coat, colored and outstanding. It was the symbol of God’s choice and purpose resting on Joseph.

The favor of God is worn as a visible splendor and invokes the rage of those in common brown garb. Yet God has sewn another attire beyond His foundational anointing. And He moves to dress us in resplendent glory, kingly splendor…but that requires undressing.

Joseph’s lovely coat, symbol of his anointing, was torn from him, shredded and smeared with animal blood. A vivid death while he yet lived. Next he wore the Egyptian garment of a slave. By faithful serving, he changed to the clothes of the household master, trusted and ruling. But these clothes of dignity were also stripped from him by violent jealousy. Naked, he fled in innocence from Potiphar’s wife. For the third time he was stripped of position…and clothes. Now he wore prison rags.

Joseph went from prince to slave to master to prison. And his garments pictured the ever-changing positions of his journey. In his final permanent position, he wore the splendor of Egyptian monarchy, and lived as ruling chief on earth.  These changes of clothes are a story.

Yours and mine. From new birth to servanthood, even to prison, and there to the throne. A progression of tested surrender unto a Sovereign God, all the thorny way. And in the end to reign in this life, by Christ’s life.

“She will be led to the King in embroidered work” (Ps. 45:14 NASB). God embroiders a beautiful Bridal Robe, if we will accept the needle of His piercing, and allow Him to thread His own design. Adam and Eve forfeited their covering of Light and their unbearable nakedness was covered with whatever they could form of natural means. Itchy fig leaves, ridiculous clothes, ever wilting and barely adequate. God covered their shame with blood-bought skins of living sacrifices, the earnest promise of His Son’s sufficient covering by His own Holy Blood.

Blood is our first clothing, covering the endless shame, the miserable guilt of normal wretchedness. Wash your “robes’ in blood that they may be white. Repentance for sin, God’s satisfaction and my acceptance of His solution, the sole answer to my dilemma, is cleansing in the blood of a Lamb. This is the white robe of my own washing. I do this washing of my desolate self by settling on the Blood. God offers, I merely take.

And He said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Rev. 7:14 NASB

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
Rev. 22:14 NASB

The robes of my soul, constantly washed by confession and acceptance. Clothed in blood. This is the first garment I must wear before my Glorious Bridegroom.

Copyright © 2001 Martha Kilpatrick, The Bride Is Ready

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