The Way of Faithfulness

June 12, 2013

The Way of Faithfulness

Revelations 19:6-8
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 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.

The message of this hour is for the Bride to prepare herself for the Lamb, her husband, Christ. Here we read where his wife has made herself ready and she was granted that she should be clothed upon in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. The question for us today that might be inspired by this scripture is, “how do we prepare ourselves for the Lamb”? Obviously this scripture is addressed to the Bride which we consider ourselves a part of, as His saints. Previous to this passage in Revelations 19 we have read about the great whore, Mystery Babylon, the beast and the man of sin all of which sought to destroy the seed of God through great persecutions. We can summarize that our walk in God is not always an easy road, whether in this time or the times to come, so one of the primary requirements for us is faithfulness. Hosea 2:19-20 tells us, “And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.” In fact, this scripture covers several areas that the Lord will deal with us in our betrothal to Him, all of which work together for the preparation of the Bride. Even as the Lord is ever faithful to us, He desires faithfulness on our parts to Him. This is an area that many of us fail in. Our hearts are not wholly His, but we share our affections and desires for others, other things and other pleasures. We are often easily moved away from our faith and faithfulness by circumstances and adversities that we face. God desires to develop in us a faith that cannot be moved, but is cemented in love to Him as His love is to us.
Concerning righteousness, Ezekiel 44 speaks to us of an order of priests that minister faithfully before the Lord even when the children of Israel went astray. God says these were the ones that should come forth to minister before Him, but like the Bride here in Revelations 19 there were requirements of how they should dress. Ezekiel 44: 16-18 describes these requirements: “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge. 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. 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.”
The righteousness signified by the linen garments is that which doesn’t cause sweat. Sweat speaks of the works of our hands and the efforts of our flesh, that which we labor to perform and accomplish through religion or self works. It may be noble, honorable and good, but it is not acceptable when we come to minister before the Almighty. Hebrews 4:2-3a tells us, “2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3Now we who have believed enter that rest…” Verses 6-11 go on to say, “6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”
The linen garments of righteousness that the Bride is arrayed with didn’t come from her self efforts at righteousness. It came from entering into the rest of the Lord; into faithfulness and fullness of faith in the accomplished work of the cross. It came through embracing Christ in relationship, knowing Him, becoming in tune with voice of the Spirit and the will of God. It came by faithful obedience to Him regardless of the circumstances and living out of His life, power and strength. It came through constantly submitting, repenting when failing and humility before Him. He is the only One that can transform us, change us and array us with His righteousness, but we have to get into the harness with Him in faithfulness.

Blessings
kent

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