Our text this morning began in Genesis, where all began, and the creation of Adam after the image of God. They were both naked yet not ashamed but after they obtained the knowledge of good and evil and their eyes were opened they knew they were naked and were ashamed. Adam fashioned a girdle to cover their loins (their virility, strength and cunningness) tried to hide from the presence of God and then blamed God and accused his wife. And so are each of us after the nature of Adam. Our nature, our abilities and our works fall short of the perfection of God for we are dead in trespasses and sin. Yet God made a coat of skins to clothe them. Adam covered his strength God clothed them. The clothing was of a sacrifice of blood and it covered them sufficiently to make them acceptable to God. It even covers Adams loin cloth, the works of his hands. What a sweet picture of the imputation of the righteousness of God upon His children. He clothed them in the appropriate garments just as those who stand before the throne in fine linen pure and white. No unclothed, but clothed upon that they be not naked before Him. To be naked is to stand guilty and ashamed and the child of grace can be neither for He gave His own Son to redeem His children from sin and guilt. Shall He now find fault with what He has done? What can separate us from that eternal love?
The world is spinning garments of spider’s webs in an attempt to mimic the beautiful garments that the Bride has been granted to be adorned in. The harlot is dressed in fine linen scarlet and purple, a fine Babylonian garment but a cheap counterfeit of the pure and white garments of the righteousness of the saints. The priests of God are clothed in righteousness and salvation just as the walls of the New Jerusalem is salvation and the gates praise. No garments of the dust of the ground, the fruit of the earth or the works of our hands, but a building of God not made with hands eternal in the heavens; “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven; if so be that being clothed we be not found naked” (2 Cor. 5:2).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes