Revelation 1:13 – Part 4

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Rev 1:13 – Part 4 – The Spiritual Meaning Of “Clothed With A Garment”
Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [ one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
 
Introduction

Last week we confronted the fact that Christ is presented to us as being “clothed with a garment down to the foot” because he came down to us in “the same… sinful flesh… as the seed of Abraham.” We saw that Christ, who was never overcome by His flesh was nevertheless “made sin” by virtue of having entered into the death realm of “sinful flesh.” We saw that there was a need of an offering both for what we are, as sinful flesh and for what we do in that sinful flesh. As Paul plainly states:

Rom 7:20  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Sin dwells in our flesh, even before we commit trespasses, which Paul indicates can be against our own will, “that I would not do.” What the world finds ‘foolish’ is what the word of God finds a truth. The very purpose for Christ’s coming was to demonstrate to us that in spite of the fact that He was in sinful flesh “the same as the children of Abraham and David,” that He in us can “condemn sin in the flesh.”

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

If Christ’s flesh were anything other than the same as ours, then it did not serve the purpose for which He came, that purpose being to demonstrate to us that “we [ too] can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us,” even while we, like He was, are dwelling in “sinful flesh.”

Look at what Zechariah reveals to us about the high priest, Joshua, the Hebrew pronunciation of the Greek name for Jesus:

Zec 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4 And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying, 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.
Zec 3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair miter upon his head. So they set a fair miter upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

Christ “knew no sin” yet  “He made Him sin.” Christ Himself was never clothed with a filthy garment, but Christ’s christ is clothed with filthy garments of transgressions against the words of our Lord.

We simply cannot go on to the next verses without knowing what that garment, that robe, is as well as understand that it covers our naked sinful flesh, as we saw last week.

What is the robe that covers our nakedness?

So what is it that is used to cover our nakedness so that “the shame of our nakedness does not appear?”

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

As we have seen, the opposite of being naked is being clothed. Being clothed in scripture is akin to be cleased, and God has from the beginning insisted that we can be clothed and cleansed only through the shedding of blood.

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

So, from the very beginning, God clothed mankind with “coats of skins.”

Gen 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Isa 61:10  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, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

The righteousness that covers our sins is not our own.

It is God who clothes us. Being aware of our nakedness does not clothe us. That only inspires us to try to clothe ourselves with “fig leaves” which come “from the ground.” In other words, we try to cover our sinful, shameful bodies with our own good works. But God will have none of that, and He furnishes us with proper clothing to cover our nakedness. Like Cain’s offering “of the fruit of the ground,” fig leaves are also “of the ground” and are thus unsuitable as a covering for sins.  So while it is not specifically stated here in Gen 3, the Lord obviously instructed our original parents concerning the shedding of blood for the covering of our sins. We know this to be true because we see Abel offering a lamb of the firstlings of his flocks in the very next chapter:

Gen 4:3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

How did either Cain or Abel know anything about bringing offerings and sacrifices to God? Why did God not have any respect for Cain’s offering? The answer is right there in the Word of God. According to the New Testament, they had been instructed what to do, and Cain had not obeyed those instructions:

1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Evil deeds scripturally are disobedient deeds, and righteous deeds are deeds that obey God’s percepts. If we obey God, we are his children, but if we do not obey God, then we are “of your father the devil” (Joh 8:44), or as it says in this verse “of that wicked one.” Obviously, being the “seed of the serpent,” has nothing at all to do with the serpent having physical sex with Eve or with any physical woman. Being “of that wicked one” has only to do with “him to whom you yield yourselves servants:

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

“Of obedience unto righteousness.” “Abel’s works were righteous” means that Abel was obedient to God’s commands. Our works are either good or evil based upon either our obedience or our disobedience to the commandments of God. That is the only Biblical way we are given of knowing whether we truly love our brothers or whether we truly love our God. If Cain’s offering was to be accepted, Cain must first love and obey God as did righteous Abel.

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Cain simply did not see the necessity of having to kill an animal as God had commanded in order to please God. He certainly did not identify with that dying animal. Christ, on the other hand, identifies with His dying creatures and is “not ashamed to call them brothers.” The world to this very day sees no need for a messy, cruel and judgmental cross. But Christ had no problem identifying with the need for death. His flesh did not want to go through with that step toward salvation, nevertheless His immediate response to His sinful flesh was “Not my will but thine be done.” Christ identifies with us all, whether we can see that part of Him or not:

Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

“He who sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one” what?  They are all of one God, yes. But that is not all. They are also all of “the same lump.”

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Does this include Christ? Was Christ born of the same lump? Was Christ also in Adam and Eve? What do the scriptures say?

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Gen 3:20  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

Eve, who was “of Adam,” is “the mother of all living.” Was Christ ‘living?’ of course He was, and he was “made of a woman made under the law.”

Deu 18:15  The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

None of this means anything to those who insist that “like unto” actually means ‘not like unto.’ Such is the blindness of those who cannot acknowledge that all flesh is a beast, and that they themselves, by virtue of being “in Adam,” are beasts who must, through the sacrifice of Christ, be slain with Christ in order to be covered by Christ’s righteousness over their own nakedness. It is only through Christ “dying daily” in us that we acquire the necessary clothing for covering our sinful flesh. None of it of our own strength. It is all of Him.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Who teaches that we are to “fill up what is behind of the afflictions of the Christ?” The holy spirit teaches that. It is a prerequisite for reigning with Christ.

2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

“Filling up in my body what is behind of the afflictions of the Christ” is Christ living His dying life in me and in you. He alone is our covering for our own nakedness. What is nakedness in scripture? Here again is what is nakedness. Here is how Adam and Eve and you and I in them, were originally formed:

Gen 3:7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

At least now we are aware that they are naked, even though that awareness will be removed as we eventually come to see ourselves as very righteous men in  Babylon.

Rev 3:17  Because 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:

Our self- righteousness and our own holiness as Babylonians who are full of ‘good works’ has to be burned out of us and replaced with Christ’s “tried in the fire” righteousness within us. When we acknowledge that any good or evil thing we do is the work of God in our lives and that any good we do is the work of Christ and not of ourselves, then we are ready to be “clothed with white raiment.”

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, t hat thou mayest be clothed, and [ that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure.
 2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of [ this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing [ is] God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Heb 4:12  For the word of God [ is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [ is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

God knows the thoughts and intents of the heart of us all. He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart of those who agree with God’s word that Christ did not take on him the nature of angels, but He took on him the seed of Abraham. He also knows the thoughts and intents of the heart of those who deny that Christ had the same “seed of Abraham… seed of David… seed of the woman” flesh and blood that you and I live with. Christ’s sinful flesh was also covered with a garment down to the foot.” What was that garment? Was it of His own flesh? No, it was not. Christ Himself tells us that all He did was “Of His father.”

Joh 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Christ was clothed with the righteousness of His Father, just as we are clothed with His righteousness:

Rev 3:17  Because 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:
Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, t hat thou mayest be clothed, and [ that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

What does “girt about the paps mean? 
Here is the literal translation of this verse:

Rev 1:13 And in the middle of the seven lamp- stands One like the Son of Humanity [ or, a son of humanity], having been clothed with a robe reaching to the feet and having been wrapped around at the chest with a golden belt [ or, sash]. ( ALT)

Here is this verse in WEB version:

(WEB)  And among the lampstands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest.

Christ’s garments are supported with a golden sash, wrapped around His torso, covering His heart, with that golden girdle.
What is “a golden girdle?
Gold, of course, is the symbol for those who have been purified out of the earth and made precious and malleable in God’s service through God’s pure words of Truth which have been purified in a furnace of fire. Gold, and gold only is seen in the temple of God. We have already covered this subject in our studies on The Spiritual Significance of Gold. Please take the time to read those notes and listen to that study. Only God’s priests, descended from God’s high priest, are allowed to handle God’s golden implements of His temple and His holy place. Look again at this verse:

Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Those who deny Christ’s association with the sinful flesh and blood of the first Adam loudly proclaim that the words “like unto” do not mean “the same.” They read Heb 2:14, which plainly states that Christ took on Him “the same… flesh and blood as the children, and they ignore that verse, preferring to concentrate on verse 17 which they then twist and make the words “like unto” to mean ‘not like unto.’ They then tell you and me that the words “like unto” mean that Christ was not really like the children of Abraham at all, that Christ was “unstained by original sin.” They actually tell us that Mary was nothing more than a surrogate mother for Christ, who because He was “born of the holy ghost” therefore had no connection whatever to the sinful flesh of Adam and Eve. Will the immaculate conception crowd now tell us that because we read that John saw one “like unto the son of man walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks,” that this is not really Christ walking in the midst of the seven churches? Will anyone say that the word ‘like’ or the phrase ‘like unto’ means anything less than ‘This IS Christ, walking in His saints, and walking within His church down through all the generations since the death and resurrection of Christ? Obviously the phrase “like unto” in scriptural terms means ‘the exact same.’ Obviously, this one “like unto the son of man, walking in the midst of the seven golden candle sticks,” IS Christ in His church.

Why is our raiment made of linen?
Again, what is this “garment down to His feet?” Here is one more thing we must know about that which covers Christ’s naked flesh and blood and ours :

Eze 44:18  They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.

What are linen robes in scripture? We need to know what linen robes are in the word of God. As it turns out being “Clothed down to the feet in linen with a golden girdle” is something common to all of God’s elect”

Rev 15:6  And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

What does all of this tell us about who is the Christ who is walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks? Here is what it is all telling us:

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

When we see Christ in His church, we need to see ourselves in Him, “walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.”
 
Why are we instructed that God’s priests are not to wear clothes that cause us to sweat? Here is what is wrong with wearing clothes that cause us to sweat:

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Eze 44:17  And it shall come to pass, [ that] when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

Our sweat is the result of our evil, disobedient, and unbelieving, works. Our sweat is our own righteousness as contrasted to Christ’s righteousness within us. If we so much as suggest that we must furnish even the faith to be saved we are wearing a garment which causes us to sweat, and our righteousnesses will stink before God just as sweat always does.

Isa 64:6  But 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.

God’s ministers “wear nothing that causes them to sweat.” They are all clothed in Christ’s righteousness, in Christs “white linen” and not in their own “filthy rags”.

Zec 3:1  And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Zec 3:2  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [ is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Zec 3:3  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4  And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, 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.
Zec 3:5  And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua. Christ is our high priest, and His sinful flesh was taken from Him just as ours will one day be taken from us. It is taken now in down payment only. The day will come when it will be taken away completely, and it will be replaced with a “change of raiment… a spiritual body” This is the basis for what we are reading here in Rev 1:13:

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

It is not us who overcome our flesh. It is Christ in us who overcomes our flesh, just as His own flesh sweat blood as he struggled and overcame His own fleshly desire to avoid the death of the cross:

Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Luk 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

So much for an immaculate conception. Christ sweat “great drops of blood” as He struggled against the desire of His own flesh to preserve His carnal body of sinful flesh and blood from the death of the cross.

Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was i n all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Who denies the truth of that verse, does so at his own peril (Rev 22:18-19).

Conclusion

We have seen that Christ Himself is “clothed with a garment down to the foot,” and we have seen that there is the difference between a sin and a trespass offering. What we saw is that the natural man, like Cain, cannot distinguish between the different offerings, and sees no difference between the burnt offering and the meal offering or the sin and the trespass offerings. The natural man cannot discern the things of the spirit. The three varieties of all of the offerings demonstrate the various degrees of apprehension of “the things of the spirit ” which are revealed in each variety of each offering. Be sure to read The Law of The Offerings to see the incredible depth of spiritual understanding which is revealed in the offerings, which offerings reveal to us Christ as God wants us to view Him.
We have seen that it is Christ Himself who walks in His saints just as Christ’s Father walked in Him. We have seen that just as “He that has seen the Son has seen the Father” is just as true that  we also see Christ in His elect.

Joh 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Joh 14:8  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Joh 14:9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [ then], Shew us the Father?
Joh 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Joh 14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

So likewise we “are in Christ and Christ is in us and we are, in the Father, walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks with Christ. We have all read 1Jn 4:17, and we have seen that “As He is so are we in this world.” It is “in Christ,” and it is “with Him” that we are all wearing white linen robes down to the feet to cover the nakedness of our sinful flesh and blood. We have also seen that our robes are not our righteousnesses and do not cause us to sweat. We have seen that our  linen, sweatless robes are held up and supported with the pure, purged and purified, indestructible and malleable gold of the true doctrine that is Jesus Christ and all of His precepts. That is the meaning of the “son of man being girded about the breast with a golden girdle.”
Next week, Lord willing, we will cover both of the verses and find out the spiritual significance of the color white, eyes as a flame of fire and feet like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and we will also see what is the spiritual significance of a “voice as the sound of many waters.”

Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [ were] as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

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