The Wedding Garment

Posted by Tony L on Sunday, September 27, 2015


The Wedding Garment

Sometimes in our Christian circles, we have accepted certain doctrinal teachings that lean toward irresponsibility. We have allowed ourselves to believe that a so called doctrinal truth holds more power than an internal transformation or the lack of one. If our doctrine is strong enough to hold us up and get us into heaven when we die then we don't have an real or urgent need for transformation or change, 'we're good right'. I mean I've walked the aisle and accepted the Lord Jesus as my savior, I've even had an experience or two. That means I'm on God's team 'right?'

I am really not trying to say that the above experiences are false, I have had them also. Mine were awesome to say the least. I remember them and their lessons, I remember the feelings and the visions. I remember the words that came from the spirit in each occasion. I remember the love of the Father I felt and the excitement of being able to hear His voice. All of it was good and true.

Let us dive a little deeper into what I believe is being said in the below scripture.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Recently my wife and myself were at a fair and we passed by a Christian booth that was handing out tracks and talking with people. Very friendly and welcoming group. I have participated in many of these types of outreaches and we probably helped a great number of folks with prayer, counsel, and maybe leading some in the sinners prayer. Many we still know about and some we don't. I will more than likely participate in more of these types of outreaches.

One of the men struck up a conversation with my wife, he asked if were we Christians, she said yes and then he asked about what was going to get her into heaven. And of course you know what she said, 'the blood of Jesus'. To that he said that's right sister and turned back to look for the next person to talk to.

This packaged answer my wife gave is the answer I myself have many times blurted out and even prompted others to do the same. Only trust in this answer and its meaning is what we have taught.

For many years I thought that this was the garment Jesus is referring to in the above scriptures. We call it the 'Robe of Righteousness' that is given to us in the moment we ask Jesus into our heart. We proclaim 'not my strength, but His', 'not my righteousness, but His', 'not my holiness, but His'

Being in Christian circles for many years now, with no regrets I might add, I have been around a lot of believers in different degrees of victory and anointing. Being with myself and other Christian friends I know the different degrees we have walked in. The battle of life and victory has never stopped and so we are up and down, a lot of the time wondering where this savior is and why is He not helping us the way the bible says He will. Somehow even though we have proclaimed His righteousness, He still seams too righteous for us, and us, well we feel so UN-righteous. But, I mean that’s what we were taught anyway? His righteousness, not mine, I'll never be righteous till He gets me out of this place! Right? Then I'll be like Him, right? Maybe...?

What if the wedding garment above has nothing to do with what we have been taught? What if it has to do with where we have been living? What has been the meditation of our heart? What if it has more to do with the countenance we are walking in, our aura, or our visage. What if it has to do what we are really clothed in. What we wear on our soul everyday. The part of our person that shows outwardly whether we want it to or not.

No doubt it has to do with whether we believe we are forgiven or not, I truly mean that is the cornerstone of the new garment, are we really walking in His forgiveness or are we struggling with everything wishing He would just do something for us?

Let me replay the scene at the wedding in a new light and use our doctrine statements on the Lord and see how it fits.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless…. But he then remembered his training, I have a garment! You died so my sins! So your blood is my garment! I'm covered in the blood! I'm saved!

To which Jesus might respond. You are somewhat right, I did die to redeem you. I did forgive you and give you a new hope and victory. Why do you got that scarf around your neck saying 'washed in the blood', yet you must not believe it, because you are still wearing anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, judgments, confusion, lack of direction, insecurity, and loneliness. You still think you have to ask me for everything. You don't look like me, but I like that picture of me you got around your neck. Listen, I didn't give you something to wear around your body to cover the imperfections you hold to so dearly like they are your identity or something. I gave you something that would transform you from the inside out, a fire that would purge you, a love that would heal you. I even adopted you and changed your name because you are so locked into the way you think you are, you needed new identity, new outlooks, you need to know you are of me, a part of me. Not just someone I felt sorry for. What I give goes on the inside and grows outside of you, that’s your wedding garment. You my friend have made light of the things to help you and have trusted in another. 'Truth is not a doctrine, its a living presence'

Maybe that's a little heavy for you. I hope its not. We can't ignore the gift of God, which is salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. He authored and finished our faith, not so we would not have to finish our own faith, but to give us hope in the victory that lives inside us and allow it to break forth into our new day, or our wedding garment

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