Revelation 19:8 says, “And it was given to her [the wife of the Lamb in v. 7] that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.”
The fine linen garment here is the embroidered garment in Psalm 45:14 and the white garment in Revelation 3:5. This garment is Christ lived out through us to be our righteousnesses, our righteous acts. Please see the previous post.
Perhaps some may ask what the righteous acts are that are specifically spoken of here. The Gospels record many righteous acts, such as Mary’s act of expressing her love to the Lord by anointing Him with ointment….Our heart is often touched by the love of the Lord, and we make an outward expression of it. This is our righteousness, our fine linen garment….Any expression which results from our love for the Lord and which is done through the Holy Spirit is a stitch among the thousands of other stitches in the embroidery work.*
Loving the Lord and behaving in spirit are crucial for bringing forth the fine linen garment. Anything we do alone is contaminated by our fallen nature. “All of us became like him who is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are like a soiled garment” (Isa. 64:6).
May we all have the desire Paul had, to gain Christ and be found in Him, not having our own righteousness but the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith (Phil. 3:8-9).
* From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at www.ministrybooks.org/ and www.livingstream.com/en/the-church/8012401-glorious-church-the.html.
Posted by Don on May 4, 2022
The Fine Linen Garment is the Righteousnesses of Christ Lived Out through Us
Republished from newjerusalem12.wordpress.com; comments or questions are welcome at this blog.