Our Continued Preparation

In the manifold intent of our writings, we are focusing the readers to become the Bride who is called to become one with Our Lord Jesus Christ.  The beloved disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in Revelation chapter 19:

6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

8 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.

Brother Eby wrote:

         May I share with you now a revelation that has been a great  blessing and encouragement to me in my walk in  God.  First, let me say that the garment of salvation is the righteousness of Christ imputed to us by faith.  “For what saith the scripture?  Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, His faith is counted for righteousness.  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are  covered.  Blessed is the man  to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Rom. 4:3-8).  “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”  This word “counted” translates the Greek word logizomai which means to reckon, number, account, impute, all of which mean to credit to one’s account.  Because Abraham believed God, it was imputed or credited unto his account that he was righteous. 

The Amplified Bible says, “Abraham believed (trusted in) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness — right living and right standing with God…thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing  on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does.”  Paul continues, “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed if we believe  on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered up for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:23-25).

             This is the sphere with which most Christians are acquainted, and we bless God for this beautiful and precious truth, for it is the solid foundation upon which we can build as we experience God in His great dealings and plan and purpose in our lives.  Our practical, daily experience has revealed the undeniable fact that just because the righteousness of Christ has been “imputed” to us, “charged to our account,” doesn’t mean that there has been even one iota of change in our STATE OF BEING.  It doesn’t mean that we are any less carnal, any less sinful, any less bound  by weaknesses, habits, and addictions, any less likely to fear, be upset and angry, gossip, smoke, drink, lust, or be any more godly in thoughts, desires, and actions.   It means that we now possess by faith, and as a free gift, the GARMENT OF SALVATION, and clothed in this garment we are legally saved from (the guilt of, or punishment for) our sins, being forgiven, acquitted, and all our past, present, and  future has been covered by God’s matchless grace!  This garment of salvation was wrought out (or woven) on the loom of Calvary by Christ our Lord.  HE worked out this great salvation for us!  HE made the garment of salvation.  We never could.  We had absolutely nothing to do with it — it was His work, gracious, noble, profound, and eternal!  Ah, yes, my beloved, you have received all this as a gift, but you yourself have not yet been fully changed, transformed from the earthly into the heavenly, having experientially put on ALL HE IS!

             So, while imputed righteousness gives us a clean slate before God, we soon discover by experience that this leaves us far short in our state of being of the image and glory of God, far short of either maturity or perfection.  We still find in our nature the law, the very working of “sin and death,” and all the old emotions and cravings of “the flesh” are continually surging, seething, bubbling up just beneath the surface.  In our salvation experience we have found mercy, goodness, graciousness from God, a  covering, an atonement, and yet, is it not true, dear child  of God, that our hearts are not satisfied?  Why?  Is it not because we know in our deepest heart that the garment of salvation has covered over all our sins, but beneath that garment still lies our flesh — our INNER STATE OF BEING STILL REMAINS PITIFULLY UNCHANGED!

             God dearly loves all His little children unto whom He has imputed the righteousness of Christ by faith.  And they are His no matter how they are living today!  But He doesn’t want to leave us in this unrighteous state!  His plan and purpose is to change us, transform us into His very image and likeness, to actually make us pure as He is pure, righteous as He is righteous!  He wants to impart His righteousness to us, not just impute it.  “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD  IN HIM” (II Cor. 5:21).  Can you not see that there is a  world  of difference between being counted righteous and being made righteousness!  

Every son of God is ordained and predestined to possess and become the righteousness of God, be righteous as He is righteous, to be holy as He is holy.  Who wouldn’t want to become this  righteousness?  Who would not desire to always be right in all we think, in all we desire, in all we say and do — to never again think anything wrong or have any wrong ideas, desires, or motives; but to always be pure, correct, and divine in everything.  What a blessed state!  Impossible?  Not at all!  It is what God has planned for us and is working on in us.  Of this very truth the Psalmist wrote when he said, “He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name’s (nature’s)sake.”   He leads me in paths that will bring me to this glorious state where my inward nature is righteous as He is righteous.  Blessed be the Lord!    -End Quote-

We as Sons and Daughters are making ourselves ready for the marriage, to present ourselves first to Our Bridegroom as a pure, unblemished Bride, arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen.  We trust our writings are promoting these qualities in all who read the site on a frequent basis.  Until we are in the proper state and “attire”, we expect to continue the preparation to become fully acceptable in His sight, then and only then, are we presented to the rest of the world.  At that time will  they see Jesus in us and through us, and without blemish.

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