Saturday, September 27, 2008

The New Garment

To accept us we have to be appealing to God. Many wonder how to make themselves appealing to him. World Religions invent many devices and become Purpose Driven due to the fact that they believe it takes more than faith alone to please God.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;my soul shall exult 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 like a priest with a beautiful headdress,and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praiseto sprout up before all the nations. ESV

The good news is that the Lord clothes us in the garments he desires to see. The active obedience of Jesus by living an holy life is credited to us and received by faith. Our own inventions will not do it. Isaiah seen this before even the time of Jesus. All the old testament saints were credited with this righteousness even without the vantage point of us who look back at the perfect life, innocent suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Matthew 22:1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast. 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find. 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen. ESV

In there we see that the invitation to the Kingdom of Heaven is open to all. But only those who are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus will be able to stand in the day of judgment. Thanks be to God for his clothing us in perfect righteousness.

In the Name of Jesus. †

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