Are Your Garments White? ( He is coming … )

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they“? And I said unto him, “Sir, thou knowest”. And he said to me, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them“. ( Revelation 7 :13-15)

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

The LORD has been dealing with me about garments lately, spiritual garments.

Our Salvation is likened unto a Spiritual garment, “The Robe of Righteousness”. It is a gift of God, which we are to wear, and to regularly apply the Spiritual cleansing of the blood of Jesus.

“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (I John 1:5)

The old Gospel Song, “Are You Washed in the Blood?” has a line which says, “Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you W a s h e d in the blood of the Lamb?”. *

This issue of clothing and Nakedness is a theme in the books of Genesis and Revelation as well.

Man was created and clothed in nothing less than the glory of God. He was not self conscious, nor did He carry the burden of guilt or condemnation. He was free, and completely open, as was his wife. The scripture puts it this way,

“…they were naked and unashamed…”.

The very first symptom of the judgment of death, which came upon them in the great transgression, was the realization of nakedness and the shame which accompanied it. They were afraid to encounter God, who had given them nothing but good, and walked with them in the garden, previously, so the first couple hid themselves, and fashioned “clothing” from fig leaves.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. ( Genesis 3:7-8)

The end corresponds to the beginning, so we see shadows of the second coming in Genesis 3, and learn that when the LORD comes to judge the inhabitants of this earth, there will be no hiding, or evasion possible. All will be revealed at the coming of the LORD.

It is interesting to me too, what God asked Adam, our first father, “Who told you that you were naked?”. This sense of nakedness and hiding from God has been the major spiritual pursuit of the Sons and daughters of Adam ever since. We have a deep sense of true moral guilt, which we try to hide, or salve or counter in some way or other.

We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and somehow we all know it.

Furthermore, We don’t want to be found to be naked at his coming, we don’t want to have to turn away from Him in in shame, what we need is to be clothed.

The very first act of Redemption in the Bible, was when the merciful and loving God, condescended to the first couple, and fashioned them proper clothes, after physically slaughtering an innocent animal, and removing the skin of it, to clothe them with.

We see in Genesis three, a shadow of Calvary there, for an innocent, God appointed animal had to die, to cover the shame of the human race, the fig leave outfits had to be discarded and the bloody skins would be the covering.

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

( Genesis 3:21)

Again in Genesis, shortly after the flood, Noah became drunk and disgraced himself, passing out naked in his tent. One of his sons discovered Him in that state, and drew the other’s attention to it, mocking him. Apparently it wasn’t just Ham, but Canaan also, a grandson mocked and exposed their Father’s nakedness.

Noah’s other two sons, Shem and Japheth, wanted to preserve their father’s dignity and walked backwards towards him, in order to. restore a covering to Him. The Apostle Peter quoted a Proverb in his Epistle, that says,

“… Love covers a multitude of sins …”

Salvation itself is a covering. God has provided a “garment of Righteousness”, to anyone willing to shed their own “fig leaves” (self Righteousness) and “put on Christ”.

We used to sing a Chorus which illustrated this fact,

I am covered over with the Robe of Righteousness,

which He gives to me...

I am covered over with the precious blood of Jesus

and He lives in me...

What a joy it is to know,

My Heavenly Father loves me so

and lives in me…

when He looks at me, he sees not what I

used to be, but He sees Jesus…

I Am Covered Over

The Chorus is entirely Biblical, we are said to be, “clothed in Righteousness” and have been given,”The Garment of praise for the Spirit of Heaviness” according to Isaiah 61 and other scriptures. Salvation is a gift of grace, it is the gift of Righteousness (Right Standing with God).

The coming of Jesus is likened unto a wedding, which we are all preparing for. The Garments are to be washed regularly, we don’t want to come in spotted, stained and torn garments.

The revelation shows a vast multitude, in glory, standing as victors before the LORD’s throne, wearing white stola (festive robes) . John is asked, “Who are these arrayed in white robes?” What an answer to Genesis 3!
“These are those who came out of great Tribulation, and who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb …”

Again, the revelation confers one of it’s seven blessings on those who, “Wash their robes …”, obviously in the blood of the Lamb.

As Elisha Hoffman asks us in his song, “Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? “

Jesus told one of the churches in Revelation,(Sardis)

Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:4-6

I believe these scriptures call us to the regular application of promises such as First John 1:9, and to the constant application of the forgiveness purchased by Jesus in His death, to our lives, conscience and walk. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

The simple discipline of prayerful self examination and of confession of sin is something no one “grows out of”.

*”Are You Washed In The Blood?” Elisha Hoffman, pub.1878

  1. Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
    Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
    Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
    Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
    • Refrain:
      Are you washed in the blood,
      In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
      Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
      Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
  2. Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
    Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
    Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
    Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
  3. When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
    Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
    Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
    And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?
  4. Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
    And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
    There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
    Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

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5 Responses to Are Your Garments White? ( He is coming … )

  1. Geraldine Burden says:

    Such a rousing song ‘Are you washed in the blood ‘. I play it alot. It keeps me in check and can make others question whether or not they’re really in Christ.

  2. bryan Johnston says:

    Excellent – thank you. We used to sing that song on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent as part of our street evangelism years ago (with accordion and tambourine accompaniment.) Not many listening joined in, but it certainly transformed the spiritual atmosphere. Another song we sang was “He’s coming soon, He’s coming soon, With Joy we’ll welcome His Returning. It may be morn, it may be night or noon, But we know that He’s coming soon.” ‘Maranatha’ Lord Jesus, return soon. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

  3. Jacques says:

    I read Ruth this morning. Chapter 3 is quite deep! A Kinsman redeemer 🙂

    Verse 15 is quite interesting: Rth 3:15 ESV  And he said, “Bring the garment you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley and put it on her. Then she went into the city.

  4. Nicole Damato says:

    Dear Mr. Randles, I can’t thank you enough for your sermons and blogs. You are helping me make sense of these end times signs and stay focused on Gods plans and not my own desires. Thanks for the peace in the storm

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