The Bible says a lot about what believers should wear. Ephesians 6:14-18 reminds us that our battle on earth is a spiritual battle. Thankfully, God has provided us with spiritual armor. It is all that we need to thwart attacks from the enemy and we should wear it every day.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
However, there are many other references to clothing that are worth mentioning. Did you know that God made the very first outfits for Adam and Eve? Their Creator made tunics of skins and clothed them. It was with love that He dressed his disobedient children when He sent them out of the Garden of Eden.
“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21 (NKJV)
We can tell a lot about people from the clothes they wear. The clothes we choose to wear often reflect our status, our values, and personality. As believers, we are commanded to put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Ro. 13:14). What does it mean to dress ourselves in Christ?
The New Testament uses clothing imagery to describe different aspects of our relationship with God: Our conversion, transformation as a result of having a personal relationship with Jesus, and finally the transformation of our bodies once we have reach our eternal home. Paul describes our earthly bodies as “tents” longing for our heavenly dwelling.
“Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” 2 Corinthians 5:2-4 (NIV)
If we are dressed with His identity, those around us should see Jesus in us. We are called to wear the character qualities and virtues that identify us as children of God. Every believer has put on Christ by virtue of trusting in who Jesus is and what He has done for us. We are righteous because of His righteousness. We are clean because His blood has washed away our sins.
“And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelations 7:14 (NKJV)
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 (NKJV)
Jesus has clothed us with power from on high. With the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we are able to discern God’s will and accomplish the good works He has prepared for us.
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (NIV)
The Bible speaks of God removing our sackcloth of sorrow and clothing us in gladness. This promise encourages the heavy-hearted as seasons of sorrow are not permanent and future times of joy are in the future.
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” Psalm 30:11 (NKJV)
The woman of Proverbs 31 is dressed in strength and honor and Peter 5:5 tells us to clothe ourselves with humility. Romans 13:12 tells us to “put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” each morning.
As the elect of God we are to put on, “tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.” (Col. 3:12) Surely others will see Christ in us when we demonstrate these virtues. The next time you step into your closet to get dressed in the morning, consider what your spiritual attire looks like and then look in the mirror to see if your spiritual hair is neat and tidy.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25 (NKJV)