the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a
wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither
not having a wedding garment? Matt. 22:11, 12.
By the wedding garment in the parable is represented the pure, spotless character
which Christ's true followers will possess. To the church it is given "that
she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white," "not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing." Rev. 19:8; Eph. 5:27. The fine
linen, says the Scripture, "is the righteousness of saints." Rev.
19:8. It is the righteousness of Christ, His own unblemished character, that
through faith is imparted to all who receive Him as their personal Savior.
robe of innocence was worn by our first parents when they were placed by God
in holy Eden. . . . But when sin entered, they severed their connection with
God, and the light that had encircled them departed. . . . Nothing can man
devise to supply the place of his lost robe of innocence. . . . Only the covering
which Christ Himself has provided can make us meet to appear in God's presence.
This covering, the robe of His own righteousness, Christ will put upon every
repenting, believing soul. . . . This robe, woven in the loom of heaven, has
in it not one thread of human devising. Christ in His humanity wrought out
a perfect character, and this character He offers to impart to us. "All
our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Isa. 64:6. Everything that we
of ourselves can do is defiled by sin. But the Son of God "was manifested
to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." 1 John 3:5. . . .
perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God's
commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with
His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind,
the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is
what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as
the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness
and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect
obedience to the law of Jehovah.
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