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The Wedding Garment

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I have posted our cell group’s reflection on next Sunday’s gospel at this blog. When we talked about it last Sunday, what really struck me was the attitude of the king towards the man without the wedding garment. And given the parable’s conclusion, which is “Many are called but few are chosen,” one can conclude that while the invitation to the banquet was for all, there was still a requirement: the white robe of the resurrection.

The white robe of the resurrection. Isn’t it that when we are baptized we are clothed with the white robe which symbolizes Christ? Paul, in Rom. 13:13 says that we should put on the Lord Jesus Christ. At baptism, after the white robe has been put on, the priest exhorts the parents and the godparents to see to it that the newly baptized keep his/her robe spotless until the Day when the Lord meets him/her.

This is a beautiful symbol: when the baptized “put on” Christ as their robe, they “put on” the personality of God’s Son. It is because of this that henceforth, the newly baptized is recognized as God’s child “for that is what he/she has become”. Putting on Christ also signifies the kind of empowerment one receives at baptism — to be called a child of God, another Christ!

The book of Revelation that I quote in the aforementioned blog gives the meaning of the white robe as “the righteous deeds of the saints.” But isn’t it that the righteousness of the saints derive from the blood of Christ Himself? This is something to think about…

To be found in Christ, not having our own righteousness, which is of the law, but having the righteousness which is of God by faith, is a very prominent badge of a real servant of God, and to refuse it is to manifest opposition to the glory of God, and to the name, person, and work of his exalted Son. But we might with equal truth say that the wedding dress is a holy character, the imparted righteousness which the Holy Spirit works in us, and which is equally necessary as a proof of grace. If you question such a statement, I would remind you of the dress which adorns the saints in heaven. What is said of it? “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Their robes therefore were such as once needed washing; and this could not be said in any sense of the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ; that was always perfect and spotless.


Originally posted 2005-10-04 21:09:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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