So the idea of being clothed is an important scriptural concept. We Christians teach that we are covered with the blood of the Lamb. I myself have often taught this.
I know without the shedding of blood there is no remission of our sins. I know also that we overcome through the blood of the Lamb. Furthermore, we are called to live by the body and blood of the Lord Jesus just as He lives by the Father.
I emphasize this fact in my teaching. So we are not minimizing in any manner whatever the role of the blood of the Lamb in our redemption. But a thought has occurred to me as I have pondered the nakedness of Adam and Eve, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life. I think we have a misunderstanding of the role of the blood atonement. We are picturing the blood of the atonement as a covering over us, a robe if you will, such that God cannot see our nakedness.
We say that God sees us through the blood, or sees us through Christ. I do not believe this is the case. We speak often of being covered with the blood, or God how sees us through the blood, or God sees us through Christ. This means even though we are not living the life of victory in Jesus there still is no penalty. We will be rewarded as though we had lived a righteous life.
I know the Passover blood is a sign so when the angel of judgment passes over us we are shielded. I realize this and teach this. But I do not believe the blood of Jesus itself is the white clothes with which God intended to clothe Adam and Eve, with which God intends to clothe us who are seeking to live the victorious Christian life.
When we wash our clothes we use soap. We are not clothed in the soap, the purpose of the soap is to get our clothes clean. Is this correct? Well, if those who come out of the great tribulation wash their robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb, then the blood itself is not our robe. It is the righteous nature of Jesus Christ expressed in our person and behavior that is our white robe.
This may seem like a trivial or academic point. But it certainly is not. Either the blood of the Lamb is our clothing, or something else is our clothing and the purpose of the blood is to make our clothing clean. The blood of Christ washes our personality until it is clean, but it is the righteous Nature of Christ produced in us that is our actual white robe. The reason this point is not trivial or academic is that we tend to make the covering of the blood there is no New Testament verse I know of that states we are covered with the blood a way of dodging around our sinning.
We say we know we should not sin but if we do we are covered with the blood. If this is not a true concept then we Christians are in trouble today. And we are! We are using Divine grace as an alternative to righteous living when it is supposed to be the wisdom and power to convert us to righteous living. What a vast difference there is between these two concepts!
If the blood of the Lamb is not our white clothes but the means of keeping our clothes white, then what precisely is our white clothing. Our white clothing is our righteous behavior that has been created as we have been forgiven through the blood atonement and then proceed to walk in the Spirit of God until Christ is formed in us. In the meanwhile the blood keeps us reconciled to God as we are being transformed morally.
I always heard it represented as God showing them blood is the price of sin. God said on the 5 th of June, my hand will reposition you and settle you forever. No one felt sorry for you or took care of you. From basar; flesh from its freshness ; by extension, body Already operating in his malicious character.
The enormous, destructive error of Christian thinking is that the blood itself is an eternal robe such that God will see us only through the blood for eternity, thus making moral transformation unnecessary. God brings the unchanged Adam into Paradise on the basis of ascribed righteousness, we suppose, where he is sure to repeat the original disobedience. Such is the destructive teaching of our day. We in America have an immoral culture to show for it, because the Christians are not being clothed in righteous behavior.
Now, where does it state clearly in the New Testament that our white clothing is our righteous behavior? Notice it does not say that the fine linen, bright and clean, is the blood of the Lamb. It could say that, you know, if it were true.
Rather, the firstfruits of the Bride of the Lamb is clothed in her own righteous behavior, not a righteous behavior proceeding from a religious adamic nature but the righteous behavior growing from the personality that has been crucified with Christ and has risen to walk with Him in newness of life. The Kingdom of God is composed of new creations, the old sinful nature having passed away and all things of the new being of God.
This is the end result of the new covenant. Let us think now about Adam and Eve. He still is the Tree of Life and still is in Paradise. Eternal life was lost in the Garden of Eden. Eternal life is gained through the Lord Jesus Christ. From my point of view Christ is the only source of eternal life. How do you feel about this? Let us say Adam and Eve, having no inherited or acquired sin, had eaten of Christ, of the Tree of Life.
Then they would have received into themselves a portion of the Life of God. As it was, they were just fleshly creatures, made from the ground, although, unlike the animals, they had the potential to become the dwelling place of the Lord. We know they had a spiritual nature that lives on after physical death, even though they did not have the eternal Life of God in them. We know this because the witch of Endor was able to bring up Samuel from the dead. There is life after death that is not the eternal life given to us under the new covenant.
Perhaps when God said Adam and Eve would die if they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil He meant physical death only, not the extinction of their personality. This seems assured from the Scriptures. If such were the case, then, when the Lord said if they ate of the tree of life they would live forever He was referring to immortality in the body, since after physical death their spiritual personality would continue to exist in the spirit realm even though they had not eaten of the tree of life.
If Adam and Eve had eaten of the Tree of Life they would have had the Life of God in their personalities and immortality in their bodies.
Then what? Then the Lord could have covered them with skins and at the same time told them that nakedness was a shameful condition. They would have had the strength of Christ in them and would have been able to handle this information. Then they would have been on their way to be strengthened and taught concerning other evil in the universe. Perhaps this would have been the scenario. In any case, this is the way it works under the new covenant. We receive the blood atonement and our sins are forgiven. Then we are given a portion of the eternal Life of God. Next, if we keep looking to the Lord, He begins to lead us by His Spirit into an awareness of specific sins in our personality.
Now we have the confidence and strength to confess our sins and receive, in the spirit realm, the robe of righteousness. In other words, after we have partaken of Christ, of the Tree of Life, we now are able to be fed from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We now have the spiritual life and strength to reject the evil and embrace the good.
We are to keep following the Spirit, keep putting to death the deeds of our body, always making certain our heavenly robe is clean.
If we do this, when the Lord Jesus returns He will bring that robe with Him and cover our nakedness. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door.
Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. Of David. Blessed be the Lord , my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;.
May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.