Are You Clothed in White?

“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.” (Revelation 3:18)

We already spoke of the need for spiritual gold tried in the fire in an earlier post. Secondly, you need “white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.” If we have not fully repented from all sin and have not kept our selves clear and free from it, then our garments are spotted and defiled. We are actually spiritually naked. This is because if we are not spiritually clothed with “white raiment” (no spots of sin), then we are effectively not spiritually clothed. Remember what Jesus told them back in Sardis?

“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.” (Revelation 3:4-5)

One of the distinctions especially noted in Revelation concerning those who would “overcome” and be saved is that they would be spiritually clothed in white:

  • “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” (Revelation 4:4)
  • “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)
  • “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.” (Revelation 15:6)
  • “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:13-14)

“…that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear” The shame of spiritual nakedness especially applies to those who at one time have actually been saved and used to wear spiritual “white raiment.” But because they have not kept their love fervent toward their spiritual husband Jesus, their love eventually wanders towards other things – and that will eventually lead to a naked, unfaithful harlot, church condition:

“Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.” (Nahum 3:4-5)

“Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.” (Lamentations 1:8)


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