“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God (vv.8-9)”.
While interpreting the Bible a safe basic thumb rule is to check the passage and what has Jesus spoken on the subject. Correct interpretation shall be a spiritual truth associated with his divinity and the Word, of the latter we can include his sayings. It is thus we compare the above passage with a Parable that he told of the Marriage of the King’s Son (Matt.22:1-14). In the Gospel of Luke also we find the same parable included.
Righteousness is a garment. Fine, clean and white are qualities associated with saints and it is not manufactured on the earth in some sweatshops by workers but in heaven. When the King has made a universal call he has made provision for issuing every guest a set of clothes to celebrate the event. We see that He sent out invitations from time to time. ‘But they would not come’. Every one had his excuse. Have we not heard people who dismiss the idea of the kingdom of heaven on the argument, ‘One world at a time?’ So they get busy themselves with buying and selling,- and they call it playing at stocks, which are all fine and there is no guarantee any of these shall hold up as commensurate with gifts we are provided with. We are created in the image of God and yet when we look one other what comes to mind is race, color and wealth? It is what living in one world at a time does. God as the maker of heaven and the earth knows no such distinction as we make so He sends out servants to go to the highways and bring as many as they find. Thus it would be while we have been studying the state of the left out church and the sorrows the Christian shall face in end times, the parable gives us a clue.The servants (angels) gather together as many as they found, both good and bad (v.10).The point is that the guests who are bidden must be dressed in garments freely issued. If anyone is compelled to think it is unnecessary he is deluding himself. ‘Fine linen, clean and white’ is what grace of His son would mean only condition God shall accept as admissible. Grace is associated with the Son. When he lay on the cross he assured the malefactor on the cross that he would be in paradise with him that day (Lk.23:43). Only a moments go he was not sure whether he was indeed the Son of God. ‘The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth (Matt 27:44).’ Grace of God is a thorough makeover about a person’s future and it is worked about the Son. Thus those who were dead in sins and outside the household of God are found as foreordained in Core Will. Salvation Plan of God for heaven and earth is like furnishing the Great Banquet of God with guests and the wedding garment is a concrete image for grace.
(To be continued)