August 6, 2018 by maryruwe
This is the time of year that many are shopping for school supplies. This past weekend many of the stores had a lot of different sales. Though I didn’t purchase any clothing, I was thinking about all the different type of clothing that each age group wears and then remembered the post I did in 2014 called, “The Garments Of The Lord” and decided to do a re-post of it. As I read it again this morning I’m reminded how important it is to wear the Garments of the Lord each and every day, promoting His love to those around us. I do pray that this message is a blessing to you.
Have you ever thought about the garments you wear? How many layers you wear, and what purpose each has? In winter time we wear layers to keep warm and of course in the warmer months we wear less clothing to stay cool. The styles are different too. We have garments with long sleeves, short sleeves or no sleeves. Then there are slacks and shorts for the appropriate temperatures. And don’t forget about all the different materials used to make clothes. What about our feet? We see layers there too. We wear socks and shoes in cooler weather, boots in the winter and sandals when it’s warm. Also there are jackets, sweaters and heavy coats; hats, gloves and raincoats.
Garments are coverings, or an article of clothing. A robe is described as a long flowing outer garment, sometimes used for ceremonial occasions.
As I was reading in Isaiah 61:10 the other morning the phrase of “garments of Salvation” was in mentioned. The Scripture reads: “he (God) has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has clothed me with the robe of righteousness”. The word garments is plural, and this really intrigued me so I did a search on garments and found many different ones in the Bible. The search turned into quite a lengthy list but for this article I’m just going to talk about three; garments of skin, garments of Salvation, and the robe of righteousness.
The first time we read where God provided garments for his people is in Genesis 3:21, where He made “garments of skin” for Adam and Eve and clothed them. They needed covering because in their sin of disobedience they lost their glory-covering. In Isaiah 64:6 we read that any righteousness anyone thinks they have (in and of themselves) are “like filthy rags”.
The robe of righteousness mentioned at the end of Isaiah 61:10 is what God gives us in Jesus. The difference between these two coverings is the fact that the garments of skin covered only the result of sin but did nothing to do away with the sin nature. The robe of righteousness is what God gives us when we receive Jesus as Savior and it does away with the sin nature. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. Jesus is our righteousness. So we must begin with the Robe of Righteousness in order to partake of the garments of Salvation. There is only one way to God and that way is Salvation in Jesus. However, when I saw the word “garments of salvation”, I thought of the many benefits of Salvation. There is deliverance, healing, prosperity, loving kindness, wisdom, discernment, and many other benefits and promises of God. That’s what the Salvation garments mean to me.
One of my favorite garments in the Bible is found Isaiah 61:3 – “the garment of praise” for the spirit of heaviness. Sadness and depression can be a direct attack of the enemy and they are a heaviness that hovers over us to steal from us the joy of our Salvation, the joy of the Lord. To fight that fight of faith we are told to “put on the garment of praise”. In other words, praise God; whether we feel like it or not, we are to praise the Lord. Praising God will always lift us into the presence of God; there is no depression in Him.
Let’s learn what the benefits of Salvation give us, learn how to apply our faith to the promises of God. Let’s learn to wear His Garment of Salvation, which will produce in our hearts love, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, and praise. When we learn and live in the fullness of His Love, then we live in the abundant life that Jesus came to give us (John 10:10).