We are talking about the seven churches in Revelation 1-3. The admonitions and promises given to the seven churches apply to the Church today. God has not changed and His message is still the same.
The question may be asked, “What is the Spirit saying to the Church today?” Out of many things He is speaking, seven themes stand out in particular:
- Return to your first love and do the first works
- Repent from allowing false doctrines and carnality to remain in the Church
- Seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, as opposed to just being religious
- Put on your spiritual garments and guard against getting them soiled
- Repent from spiritual lukewarmness
- God is restoring the Tabernacle of David and the Key of David today
- God is looking for overcomers and has many blessings for them
The Spirit is saying that the Church is to put on their spiritual garments. Galatians 3:27 says, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (NIV).
We are also to keep our garments clean – by staying in close relationship with the Lord, obeying His Word, letting Him do a work of purification in our lives. If our robes should become soiled, they can be washed clean in the Blood of Jesus.
In the natural, garments keep us warm, protect us from exposure to the elements, and cover our nakedness. In the spiritual, the garments God provides for us acts as warmth to our soul and spirit, and protects us from the wiles of the enemy.
Examples of spiritual garments include:
- Salvation (Isaiah 61:10, Ephesians 6:17)
- Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
- Joy and Gladness (Psalm 30:11)
- Praise (Isaiah 61:3)
- Name and Blood of Jesus (covered by the Blood; Atonement)
- Cloak of Zeal (Isaiah 59:17)
In Ephesians 6:11 we are told to put on the whole armor of God. The garment, or loin belt, of truth binds and encircles us. As the loin belt held the other pieces of armor in place, the truth holds everything together. When the truth is missing, everything begins to unravel at the seams and fall apart.
The garment or breastplate of righteousness guards our hearts and emotions. This garment represents holiness, purity, uprightness and integrity.
The shoes of the Gospel of peace represent our daily walk with Christ. As we live out what we share with others, the world will be drawn to hear the message of the Gospel – which is peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The garment of faith acts as a shield, repelling the fiery darts of Satan. These fiery darts come in the form of lies, accusations, words of doubt, verbal abuse, gossip, fear and intimidation, and curses spoken against us. The shield of faith causes these fiery darts, that would otherwise wound us severely, to fall to the ground extinguished and powerless.
The garment of salvation is like a helmet which protects our spirit, our minds, our intellect, and our thought processes.
The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is both a defensive and offensive weapon used against the devil. When the enemy comes at us with all his lies and tricks, we can declare like Jesus did: “It is written …” (and confess those Scriptures from the Word) and the devil will flee eventually.
(The devil knows the Scriptures better than many Christians and will use it against you to control and manipulate you, or to whip you and keep you in bondage and guilt. However, the enemy will distort and twist the Scriptures, or tell you partial truth but not quote the entire passage or give you the whole counsel of God about a particular matter. That’s why it’s so important to study the Word and to rightly divide it, so that you are on guard against the devil’s schemes.)
As we look into the Word of God, we will be changed into His likeness. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that we are transformed into His image, from glory to glory (one level of glory to the next level of glory).
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP
It is possible for us to remove our spiritual garments. We lay aside our garments when we are out of fellowship with God, or in total or partial disobedience. If our clothes are missing, then we are vulnerable and exposed. We are wide open to being wounded by the attacks of the enemy.
Our garments can become soiled through any kind of sin, sexual immorality, corruption or spiritual adultery (referring to idolatry and witchcraft/occultic practices). Our garments are soiled when we refuse to repent of areas of sin that the Holy Spirit has pointed out to us.
The Greek definition of “repent” means to change one’s thinking. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Before our actions can change, our minds and thinking must first be transformed. We must begin to think differently. As we begin to change the way we think, then the course of our life will begin to go in a different direction. The Word of God has the power to renew the mind (Romans 12:2).
The Blood of Jesus can wash us, remove every stain, and give us clean white garments to wear. 1 John 2:1 says, “If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” And 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
White garments (or robes of righteousness) in the Scriptures is talking about the righteousness of the saints.
And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8 NKJV
The Spirit is saying to put on our spiritual garments, to keep them from becoming spotted and soiled, to live holy lives, to obey the Lord and His Word, and to allow Him to cleanse and purify us.
Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil (the anointing of the Holy Spirit and also the oil of joy). Ecclesiastes 9:8 NIV
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. Revelation 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