No longer an outsider, an alien from the covenants, your place of authority and seat in the heavenlies is set. Your garment of praise is prepared. Beautifully arrayed you stride without shame or fear into the presence of a holy God, and call Him Father.
Advent for adventurers. Day ten. A garment of praise for the Spirit of heaven as Hallelujah, mine and yours. If you know, Jesus is a story of rags to riches. The Scriptures tell us that he gave us a garment of praise for the Spirit of Heaviness.
Isaiah 61:3 I love the picture that we find in the Scriptures in the book of Zechariah, we find the high priest Joshua dressed in rags, dragged before the courts of heaven with Satan baying at his heels, and these various spirit beings flank his sides, and accusations are showering on this poor guy’s burden soul. Now the entire passage is worth reading. And so I’ll just relate it to you.
Now you can read it for yourself in Zechariah three verses one to seven. It says the Lord showed me Joshua with a high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said to Satan, the Lord, rebuke, You, O Satan, even the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem. Rebuke you. Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Indeed, how many brands am I speaking to who have been plucked from the fire? Now Joshua was closed with filthy garments and stood before the angel. He answered and Spake unto those who stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him, and unto him. He said, Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with a change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair Mitre upon his head.
So they set a fair Mitre upon his head and closed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by. And the angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus, Saith the Lord of hosts. If you will walk in my ways, if you will keep my charge, then you shall also judge my house and shall also keep my courts, and I will give you places to walk among these that stand by. The interesting thing here for me, anyways, is, who are the people standing by?
Or who are the beings standing by? The Spirit asks that question. And the beings that were standing by were not natural beings. They were supernatural beings. And Joshua here is told, when you’re clothed in this way, when we take away that spirit of Heaviness and clothes you with this garment of praise.
When we take away those filthy rags of sin and clothe you with righteousness, you will have place to walk among these that stand by. You will be able to inhabit both spirit and natural worlds, one at the same time, a co-citizen of two places.
Here we have a picture of what has taken place in Christ. With this new authority and entrance to the heavens, you have the highest privilege of all the ability to praise the King. A garment of praise to praise the Father in spirit and truth. To step with confidence into the realm from the realm of men and into the realms of God, a co citizen of two worlds. How magnificent is this gift that the Lord has given us?
You’re no longer an outsider, no longer an alien from the covenants. Your place of authority and your seat in the heavenlies is set and your garment of praise is prepared. You know you are beautifully arrayed to stride without shame or fear, into the presence of a Holy God and to call him Father. I love this verse, as we conclude today, Ephesians two verses four to seven. But God, who is rich in mercy for his great love, wherewith he loved us even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ by Grace.
Hallelujah, Grace, Grace, Grace. Are you saved and has raised us up together? He’s made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come, he might show the exceeding riches of his Grace in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today.
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