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Put on Your Clothes (Part 3 of 4)

A priest should look like a priest. Don’t try to enter God’s presence wearing filthy garments.

You are somebody. God has put a distinction on your life.

Why do you try to wear the clothes you wore before meeting Christ?

In the Book of Zechariah, chapter three, we read about a high priest who was clothed in filthy garments (Zechariah 3:3). Here’s what God said to do:

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 3:4

God wants to take away your iniquity. He wants you to put on the right clothes.

You’re called to

To put on priestly garments, you must first…

Take off your old clothes.

Apostle Paul teaches that we must intentionally put off, like a garment, the “old man” (Colossians 3:9).

He tells us to

Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Ephesians 4:22

You see, on our own, we cannot connect with God.

Here’s what the Prophet Isaiah says:

We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Isaiah 64:6

After receiving Christ, you become a priest with God. Why do you want to wear rags, when you could wear the righteousness of Christ?

The Pharisees had a similar problem. They wore a cloke for their sin (John 15:22). That refers to a spiritual garment, not a physical one.

According to Apostle Paul, you can “wear” covetousness as a garment (2 Timothy 4:13).

You can also clothe your self with evil things, such as maliciousness (1 Peter 2:16).

Could you be like the Church of the Laodiceans? Here’s what Jesus says to them:

Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Revelation 3:17

They were in the church. They were supposedly filling the role as priests before God, but God saw them as naked.

They had no clothes on at all!

Sometimes, your spiritual apparel might seem good to you when it isn’t.

Here is what you have to do:

Put on your clothes.

I hope you realize that I’m talking about spiritual things. Here’s what Apostle Paul says:

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:23-24

What you are is more important than what you wear.

Yes, the priests wore physical clothes that were holy. But what can you gain from holy garments if you have a corrupt heart and mind?

Wearing the right physical clothes won’t help very much. God mentioned this to Prophet Samuel in First Samuel chapter 16:

Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

You must get the right heart before you can enter God’s presence.

Fortunately, God makes this possible through Christ. Here’s what…

What God has done.

You don’t have to wait for a skilled seamstress or tailor to make your priestly attire. God has done a great thing for you.

The Prophet Isaiah says,

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness…

Isaiah 61:10

Salvation makes you righteous in God’s eyes: more righteous than any physical garment can make you.

After receiving Christ as your Savior, you must…

Do your part.

We have the responsibility to clothe ourselves. The Psalmist says.

Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

Psalm 132:9

We’re clothed with the righteousness of God, but we must live righteously.

Notice the words of Apostle Paul in Romans 13:14:

Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Romans 13:14

It’s your job to put on Jesus intentionally.

You must also adorn yourself with Christ-like qualities.

Paul tells us to…

Put on therefore, …bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another…

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Colossians 3:12-14

See? God wants you to adorn your soul and spirit in priestly attire.

Why?

It’s for glory and beauty. That’s what I’m going to talk to you about next.