I recently wrote a post exhorting my brethren to lay down the white flag of surrender that they have raised to the enemy, but I have taken part of that post and split it into this post because I want to address this issue separately.
Christians are called to abide in the victory of Christ by walking in the Holy Spirit, by whom we are regenerated and renewed. However, several successive generations of Christians in the West have, unfortunately, been raised without understanding what it means to be regenerated and renewed by the Holy Spirit. And, because we overcome by faith (1 John 5:4), when Christians either do not know that we have been given victory in Christ to come out from this world and be holy, or have been led to believe that we will remain as sanctified corpses, still dead in our transgressions, then our faith becomes fatally flawed and many even suffer shipwreck of their faith.
CLOTHED IN SALVATION
King Solomon prophesied in the Song of Ascents when dedicating the temple of the priests of God being clothed with salvation and rejoicing in goodness:
Arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place,
You and the ark of Your strength.
Let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation,
And let Your saints rejoice in goodness.
~2 Chronicles 6:41; cf Psalm 132:8-9
Again, Isaiah prophesies of the gospel, saying;
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Oh the white linen raiment’s of the righteous salvation of 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. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.
~Revelation 7:9–12, 14
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering’s, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Christ has clothed us Himself by His sinless life, death, and resurrection:
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The Lamb of God was slain to make provision that we might be clothed in Salvation!
This new creation is not only the regeneration of our heart, conformation of the mind to Christ, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, but it is also the removal of our filthy rags and the putting on of Christ! When we are baptized into Christ we receive all of Christ, praise be to God! We are clothed in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility, lowliness, mercy and grace, selflessness, righteousness, holiness, truth, and all the good things of Christ so that we may be found ready for the marriage feast!
However, there are some who are disrobing themselves of Christ so that they can partake of the passing pleasures of this adulterous age.
By putting off the righteousness of Christ and putting on the wicked deeds of this world, Christians are laying aside the fine garments given to us by Christ and submitting themselves again to the yoke of bondage that comes with this world’s raiment’s (garments).
But why does it matter?
Many were called and came to the wedding feast, but the King saw a man who was not clothing in wedding garments, and cast him out into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I am very concerned because I see many brothers and sisters that are clothing themselves in the deeds of this world, little by little they are disrobing themselves of Christ; I fear that they will, one day, be found miserable, poor, blind, and naked!
We read above, in Revelation, where Jesus told the Church in Sardis that those who overcome this world and do not defile their garments will have their names written in the Lambs book of life. Indeed, the first three chapters of Revelation have Jesus sternly rebuking 5 of the 7 churches who were defiling themselves in one way or another, and, who were not overcoming this world in their faith.
But how can we keep from defiling our garments with the deeds that are so native to the flesh?
I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
In view of the great salvation that Christ has clothed us in, which holds promise not only for this life, but also for the one to come, why should we so easily cast aside our inheritance for a few passing pleasures in this world, as Cain sold his birthright to Abel?
Brethren, we all have need of endurance and to stand strong, so that we do not draw back to perdition but press on by faith unto salvation!
Be strong in the LORD, take up the full armor, and walk in the Spirit that you not gratify the lusts of your flesh!
Grace, mercy, and peace be with you from the Lord Jesus Christ, amen!