Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sanctifying Garment

To sanctify is to set apart as or declare holy; consecrate; free from sin; purify. I would add, 'to make righteous' because the scripture says: Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness[Genesis 15:6]. 

Nakedness began to be associated with shame after sin came into this world in the garden of Aden. Shame, then became a covering, a garment, whose fabric is woven with sin. This story will unfold in the next few days. For the sake of giving a preview, we put on the garment of shame starting in Eden, but there is a way back to the garment of praise, the rich garment, the glorious garment, the garment of grace, the attire of honor and dignity: the wedding gown without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 

The only perfect article from earth that can be presented before Jehovah is the precious and holy blood of Christ. Therefore, a return to the beginning means to be clothed and covered by that most precious blood. To be enclosed by grace, to become an object and beneficiary of the LORD's mercy.

It is a return that is executed by repentance to reconcile and reconnect with the Father who had evicted us from His household. We were rejected and alienated - a fatherless generation. But now, we have returned to Him by virtue of His compassion and mercy, by the way of repentance and forgiveness. We are able to re-enter the Garden where the God of All Creation, Maker of Heaven and Earth, walks with His children.

Surely it is a place of rest, a peaceful locality, a land of joy criss-crossed by the most clear water of the River of the Water of Life.

All that is left is to walk through scripture and unfold this mystery. I can only introduce this story. The true teller provides so much more that you really must go to him and obtain the details.

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