I had no idea a garment could communicate that which was of the character of Christ. Still, I wanted to move slightly before the embroidery to ascertain what was woven into the fabric.
I received the impression of “a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness” and “patience.” The garment also reflected “bearing with one another” and “forgiving each other.” The thread that had the greatest weight and was the most frequently used was “love.”
These were part of the character of Christ that Paul enumerated in Colossians 3:12-14. He had told the body of Christ alive at that time to “put on” this garment. If he had told them to put it on, they must have had in their possession but were not wearing it. I gathered that sin had eventually allowed the garment to be taken from God’s children. Sad. We had great need of it.
Jesus spoke to me quietly. “The garment is for the soul and heart. It is an inner garment that becomes visible through actions, through decisions that effect unity.”
I turned back to look at the robe. It was exquisite. The Lord’s virtues woven into the garment had brought the body of Christ into “the perfect bond of unity.” Paul had said this. How we need it now.
He continued, “The embroidered garment is to be worn by those who are the bride. It was handed down in our family. Those who were entering into fuller union with Me wore it.”
As I looked at the robe, I realized that to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ meant to enter into a deeper covenant with His body. The two are inseparable.
Original posted on 24.10.02
- May 20 Thu 2004 03:42