An All White Affair

This is the Faith I live by: Salvation gifts me Christ’s robe of righteousness

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, May 13, 2019

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“That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV)

I hope you have a change of clothes handy, because we are going to an all white affair!

Don’t Tell Me What to Wear!

I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t like being told exactly how to dress if I’m going somewhere. If it’s a formal affair I understand the need. Even work uniforms make sense to me. I even understand internationally themed celebrations. I promise I understand all of that. It’s just that, I really don’t like being told that I must wear exactly this or that, or else I cannot come in to an event. Like all white parties, which is why I’ve never been to one. It looks great in pictures. Everyone wearing white hats, shirts, blouses, pants, dresses, dress shorts, scarves, and everything in between. But, it’s just not my thing.

Wardrobe Malfunction

Unfortunately, some of us have my attitude about all white parties. Especially the ones related to righteousness. We admire those whose characters have been washed clean and white in the blood of the Lamb. We love when people are kind, honest, loving, generous, joyful, and have integrity. But for some of us, it’s just not our cup of tea. We admire certain righteous acts, but we have no real desire to produce those acts. And if we’re truly honest with ourselves all that really means is that we have no real desire to be transformed by our righteous Heavenly Father. Instead, we’d rather snub the event host and keep on our own attire like the man in Matthew 22. He decided to wear his own righteous garments to God’s heavenly feast. Not realizing that the righteous robe of God was his access inside.

Wearing Christ’s Robe of Righteousness

God has been so good to us. He has helped many of us recover from our spiritual wardrobe malfunctions and saved us from the consequences of sin. But in order for all of us to experience such a blessing we must be willing to take off our old, corrupt wardrobe and allow God to robe us in His righteousness and holiness. We have to allow God to finish His work in us by covering us in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. If you think about it that way, allowing God to give you a change of clothes isn’t all that bad after all. In fact, having experienced the change myself, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you. In Jesus’ name.

Your White Robe Awaits You!

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sabbath, November 5, 2016

“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel” (Zechariah 3:3).

It is a solemn experience to appear before the Lord. When we consider the extreme contrast in holiness, it is intimidating. He is absolutely holy to the point of being called a consuming fire. We are poor, wretched, miserable, blind, and naked. How is it that He is willing to dwell with us? Why don’t we die instantly? These questions and more are answered in the story of Joshua and his accuser.

The high priest Joshua appeared before the angel of the Lord with the devil standing by to accuse him. Immediately, God’s indignation was kindled against the accuser. “And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” (Zechariah 3:2). Joshua was one redeemed by the Lord, therefore, the accuser had no case. All that was necessary for a sinner to be made righteous was laid to his account.

“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment” (Zechariah 3:3-4).

Ethereal hands in the clouds reaching toward heaven
Instead of letting our accuser win the case against us, God transforms us by clothing us in the righteousness of Christ.

The Lord saw Joshua’s need of cleansing, which was represented by filthy garments, and chose to supply his need, rather than rebuking him. He demonstrated in a tangible way, His unwillingness to let a sinner die in his sin without giving him the privilege of being in a saving relationship with Himself. The filthy garments of iniquity that separated between them were replaced by clean ones. These garments represented the righteous life of Christ, which was to come in the future. As a guarantee, by faith, God gave Joshua the righteous covering of salvation.

I thank God that He does not allow the devil to enumerate my sins and make a solid case for my destruction. When we have faith in the perfect life, sacrifice, and heavenly ministry of Jesus Christ, and are willing to live according to the light of God’s word, He sees it as an opportunity to bestow the blessing of righteousness. Having received the righteousness that is of God by faith, we have peace with God. We verily have received the gift of eternal life and nobody can bring a railing accusation against us. We have indeed passed from death to life.