Friday, July 31, 2009

GLORIOUS CLOTHING OF CHRIST’S BRIDE


“The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.”
(Psalm 45:13)

The King’s daughter is all glorious within: — In this text we believe the King’s daughter has reference to the bride of Christ which is the church of the living God.

Why and what causes her to be glorious within?

This shows that love is within the heart, sanctified by the Spirit. This is true spiritual love and not a mere pretense. “Let love be without dissimulation.” (Romans 12:9)

Religion is a personal matter between us and the Lord.

It causes us to search our hearts and ask ourselves: Is my heart right with God?

We may deceive the brethren, but the Lord knows what lies in our hearts. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

The Lord causes His people to be glorious within. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
(Ezekiel 36:26)

They have been loved with an everlasting love, and at the appointed time this wonderful love is made manifest to them. We cannot help loving others because of this glorious feeling within. “We love Him, because He first loved us.” (I John 4:19)

The world seeks after the outward show.
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.” (Luke 11:39; Matthew 23:25-26)

This describes those who appear to be religious, but whose heart is not in the matter. “This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoreth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” (Matthew 15:8)

“. . . that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in the heart.” (II Corinthians 5:12)

Does this not have reference to the outward show?

The poor sinner’s desire is to do that which is acceptable and well pleasing in the
sight of the Lord.

“Take heed that ye do not your alms (good deeds) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee ..."

(Matthew 6:1-6)

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”
(Matthew 6:16-18)

It would be helpful if we would consider the above Scriptures and practice them in our daily walk as the Lord blesses us.

Why did the Lord inspire those Scriptures to be written, if not to this very end, that we be exhorted in them?

Let us not be caught off guard because of Satan’s snares; for we are not ignorant of
his devices. (See II Corinthians 3:11)

Satan may tempt one to be conformed to this world and, through pride, seek after the
outward show. The Scripture speaks of those who glory in appearance and not in heart.

It is written: “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?” (II Corinthians 10:7)

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;” all of which is an exhortation against the outward show.

Many do good deeds for the purpose of receiving the praise of men. “But let it be that of the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (I Peter 3:3-4)

May the Lord bless us to carefully consider the expression:
“Which is in the sight of God of great price.”

Are we really humble in our hearts before the Lord?

If so, then, the Lord has already blessed us with a precious gift which is of great price in the sight of Almighty God.

“Her Clothing Is Of Wrought Gold.”

We understand this to mean the righteousness of the saints, which is imputed
to them. “Their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

This righteousness has been placed upon them by the Lord. “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.” (Isaiah 61:10)

The Lord has adorned His people “that He might present it (the church) to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
(Ephesians 5:27)

This Scripture shows the clothing of the bride which is the imputed righteousness of the Lord. “And to her was granted that she would be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.” (Revelation 19:8)

The beauty that we are looking forward to see is described thus: “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)

Since the righteousness of the children of God has been given to them by the Lord, it exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees. (See Matthew 5:20)

The Lord directs the steps of His people.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.”
(Psalm 37:23-24)

The Lord has purposed that His people should walk in good works, for it is written: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

And the next Scripture tells us what causes the children of God to walk in good works — it is not left up to them to decide the matter: “And I will PUT My spirit within you, and CAUSE you to walk in My statutes, and ye SHALL keep My judgments, and DO THEM.” (Ezekiel 36:27)

Do you believe the children of God will fail to walk in good works?

Have you read, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you.”
(John 15:16)

Notice that Jesus stated that He has ordained His people to bring forth fruit.

Do you believe this means the same as walking in good works?

What causes one to do that which is acceptable and well pleasing in the sight of the Lord?

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it IS GOD which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

(Philippians 2:12-13)

Notice the thought that God works in His people to bring forth good fruit. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, MAKE YOUR PERFECT IN EVERY GOOD WORK TO DO HIS WILL, WORKING IN YOU THAT WHICH IS WELLPLEASING IN HIS SIGHT, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

In Scripture, gold symbolizes glory. The wrought gold, then, could mean the works that God’s people walk in, the good fruit they produce, and the imputed righteousness that God places upon them; all which is wrought of God.

What a blessing to meditate upon the wonderful works of God!

Jesus has cleansed His people from their sins, presented them holy and dressed them in His robe of righteousness, done everything that is necessary for their salvation and did not leave
anything undone.

The Lord’s name is to be praised!

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3).

By Woodrow W. Hudson

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