So much of the time, when we think of "watching" in a spiritual
sense, we think about watching the news and world events to see
how bad things are becoming, so we can be ready when Christ
comes back. But, according to the scripture above, our real job is
to watch our own selves so that we "keep our own garments" so
that we don't "walk naked" and everyone see our shame. Why is it important to "keep your spiritual garments on?"
Revelation 3:4-5 says,
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.
White is a symbolic color in this scripture. It represents the purity, cleaness,
and the righteousness of the saints...all their sins are blotted out. They are
clean. Jesus Christ's sacrifice has made them clean, and they are in the process of manually removing all the leavening (sin) that they can find out
of their lives.
This is why it is important to be "clothed" spiritually in white.
The Days of Unleavened Bread show us the importance of getting
sin out of our lives. Sin defiles us and makes us naked. It was
only after Adam and Eve sinned and partook of the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil, that they even realized that they
were "naked." Their sin brought on a feeling of shame that they
never knew before, and if you've ever done something that you
know you shouldn't have, you also know the uncomfortable
feeling that goes with it. Sin brings mental pain...shame, an uncomfortable feeling of nakedness.
Being naked especially in public, is one of the most embarrasing
things that can happen to a person. Have you ever had a dream
that you were walking around "buck naked" as they say here in
the South? In the dream, you would be at school or in front of a crowd...and they could see all of you and you couldn't hide anywhere? I think everyone has a dream like that sometime in
their life. But, did you know that it could actually come true
in a sense?
If you understand about that there is more than one ressurection,
(The Better Ressurection) then you know about "The First Ressurection" (This is the ressurection of the "Just" and they are described as being clothed with "white robes." They are not
spiritually naked. This group is drawn from the seven Churches.
This is why the Church is called the "Church of the first born"
in Hebrews. These are the people who are submitting to God
first and learning to be good and not evil.
more on the First Ressurection.
The Bible speaks of another ressurection, and these folks come up entirely naked, without a stitch of clothes on. So this dream of public nakedness can actually come true for most of mankind in the future. It is simply called the "Judgment" by Christ.
It is called the "Great White Throne Judgment" and it is mentioned
in the last part of Revelation. In this last ressurection, all the rest
of the dead (those that did not come up in the First Ressurection)
are ressurected. God warns some in the seven Churches that
think they are great, that they may wind up attaining this lesser ressurection due to being spiritually naked. Revelation 3:17,18 This pointing out of their nakedness is a straightforward
warning that they may not come up in the first ressurection.
And it tells us that those who come up in the Great White Throne Ressurection will come up unclothed.
To miss the first ressurection would be terrible. To avoid that,
we need to obey God and get the leavening out of our lives,
and for the sins we miss, we need Christ's sacrifice, so we need
to keep the Passover, We need to keep the Sabbath more faithfully,
We need to keep the Holy Days, we need to be clothed with white raiment....so that our nakedness does not appear for all to see.
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