September 2004
Article 49 (continued)



      We will here review the symbolic significance of the garments God required for Aaron's sons. Though these garments did not have the overwhelming glory and beauty that Aaron's garments had, yet all who qualify for the firstborn sonship are predestined to share in the full range of God's divine attributes, according to the measure of their faithful obedience, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:22-24; 5:31-32; Col 1:19; 3:9-10; 2Pe 1:4; Jn 10:30-36; 8:8-11; 17:21-23.
      As stated earlier, Aaron's garments of glory and beauty represented not only the person and work of Christ, but also addressed that same glory and beauty promised to all who qualify for the firstborn sonship, and therefore for the unique "oneness" of divine bridal relationship with Christ, Eph 5:22-32.


      40 "For Aaron's sons you shall make tunics...," Ex 28:40.
      27 "They made tunics, artistically woven of fine linen, for Aaron and his sons," Ex 39:27.
      13 "And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band," Rev 1:13.
      The dictionary indicates that the word "tunic" has been used of inner garments, outer garments, short garments, and long flowing garments. The "tunic" that Aaron and his sons wore was a long flowing garment "down to the feet," as we read of the true High Priest in Rev 1:13 above. Attention is drawn with emphasis in this passage to this manner of dress. As you look through a Bible related magazine which portrays the manner of dress in Bible times, this was the conservative manner in which everyone was normally dressed. We desire to dress after the fashion of the world, contrary to the urgent warnings of the Scriptures.
      15 "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
      16 "For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world.
      17 "And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever," 1Jo 2:15-17.

      15 "And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God,'" Lk 16:15.
      The disciples went fishing one night after Jesus had risen from the dead, Jn 21:1-4. And after they had fished all night, had caught nothing, and were exasperated, Jesus appeared to them from the shore about 300 feet away and said, "Children do you have any food?" When they said, "No" He said "Cast your net on the right side of the boat." When they did so, the net engulfed 153 large fish. They then recognized that it was the Lord, and Peter quickly put on his outer garments, plunged into the water, and swam to the shore where Jesus was.
      Peter was reverent enough to immediately get himself fully and properly clothed before appearing before the Lord. There are times when we bathe our bodies, and do so appropriately. But we should be aware that we are before the Lord all the time, and should keep ourselves clothed in such a way as to be a proper testimony before God, angels, and mankind. To be like Jesus, we should dress like Him, and strive to be like Him the whole day through in all that we do. This is required also by the Lord's own personal dress code, as stated above. "Oh, to be like Him."


      40 "For Aaron's sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make girdles for them," Ex 28:40.
      All the garments of Aaron's sons were made of fine linen, (Ex 39:27-29), and, though not stated, the girdle or sash was obviously made of the same material (fine twined linen). The bride of Christ will be dressed in fine linen (Rev 19:7-8), which is the divine righteousness (divine nature) of God, Rom 3:21-26; 2Co 5:21; Phi 3:9; 2Pe 1:4.
      The angels of Rev 15:6 are dressed in "pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden girdles." This appears to indicate that angels are also divine beings. However, other passages state that the angels will be ministers to the heirs of covenant salvation (Heb 1:14). Again, "For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels" (Heb 2:5), but has predestined that Christ, as the firstborn Son, and those who qualify in Him as firstborn sons, be joint heirs of all creation, Ps 8:3-6; Rom 4:13; 8:17,32; 1Co 3:21-23.
      Paul further wrote that those who overcome the required covenant discipline will judge the angels, 1Co 5:3. The saints must overcome arduous covenant discipline to qualify for this state of life, Isa 48:9-12; Heb 12. The angels are predestined to be unique ministers of the firstborn sons, Heb 1:14. The inheritance of the world (of all creation) is promised to Abraham and his faith descendants, which is in the body of Christ, and which currently is a true local church, Rom 4:13; 1Co 3:21-23; Gal 3:26-29.
      The "girdle" is a required part of the priest's clothing, and also of the Christian armor: "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness..." Eph 6:14. Jesus said, "Let your waist be girded, and your lamps be burning," Lk 12:35.
      The waist is a very important part of the Christian's strength, both physically and spiritually. In both these passages, the girding of the waist is associated with our outgoing testimony as a burning light of the truth of the Gospel. And the girdle being made of find twined linen speaks of righteousness, truth, and godly preparedness:
      35 "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
      36 "and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when He will return out of the wedding feast, that when He comes and knocks they may open to Him immediately,"
Lk 12:35-36.
      Here the emphasis is on being prepared for the Lord's return. Every day and every hour, as far as possible, we should strive to be filling our minds with the Word of God, and thereby letting the Holy Spirit drive our emotions in the most godly way.
      13 "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
      14 As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
      15 "But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,"
      16 "Because it is written,'Be holy, for I am holy.'
      17 "And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear,"
1Pe 1:13-17.


      40 "For Aaron's sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make hats for them, for glory and beauty," Ex 28:40.
      The Levitical priests represented all the covenant people (Lev 1 thru 8) as the bride of Christ (Isa 54:1-5), whether under the Law Covenant, or symbolically of the faithful of all ages, before and after the Law Covenant. Israel is referenced as a kingdom of priests (Ex 19:4-6; Isa 61:6), but the faithful of all ages will make up that same kingdom of divine kings and priests in the resurrection, 1Pe 2:5,9; Rev 1:6; 5:9-10.       The priests were required to wear a headdress of fine white linen. This fine linen represents the divine righteousness of God, which is generic of all the divine attributes of God, Mt 6:33; 2Co 5:21; Phi 3:9; Rev 19:7-8. The same is true of divine life, divine holiness, and divine glory: they are all integral elements or characteristics of the divine nature (2Pe 1:4), which includes all of the divine attributes, except infinity. The covenants or last will and testaments promise that God's eternal purpose is to fashion the faithful firstborn sons into the divine oneness of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:22-24; 5:31-32; Col 1:19; 2:9-10; 3:10; 2Pe 1:4;Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23.
      The headdress (turban, bonnet, or hat) speaks of subjection to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As the Son is subject to the Father (Jn 5:30; 17:1-26), and as the Spirit is subject to the Father and the Son, (Jn 16:7-15; Act 2:33), we must also strive to be willingly and constantly subject to the will of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Mt 10:19-20; Phi 2:13.
      Furthermore, the more we, by the Holy Spirit, submit ourselves to the leading and working of the Holy Spirit, the more like the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit we will become in our hearts and in our lifestyle. Moreover, God has promised in the last will and testaments that the more abundantly we submit ourselves to the working of the Spirit, the more the Spirit will transform us into the divine fullness in the resurrection. See below.


      10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly," Jn 10:10.
      How can we have life more abundantly? By way of comparison, we can first look at the life of things in the oceans and on land around us. Vegetation has life but it has no intelligence or mobility. Fish, fowl, animals, and insects have life, mobility, and some degree of intelligence, but are not spirit and do not have conscience.
      Man is first 1) a spirit that is clothed with a body, 2) was created with a much higher investigative intelligence that is able to perform scientific research, 3) is endowed with a conscience to discern and govern moral conduct, 4) discern, love and worship his Creator (since man has sinned and become a hopeless slave of sin and Satan, God has provided the Holy Spirit to bring man back to the place where he can understand, believe, and obey the will of God), and 5) a divine birth into divine life will deliver the firstborn sons out from under all the elementary laws of the physical universe and from the effects of sin into a blissful and divine state of being beyond human comprehension.
      9 "But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'
      10 "But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God,"
1Co 2:9-10.
      God has revealed these things to us, but they are too marvelous for us to understand, but only as a dream in the night. Angels, both good and bad, are all around us all the time, but we are not able to see, hear, or touch them, not even with scientific instruments. They are extremely powerful and marvelous to the point of fantasy. Angels possess life far superior to what we have. Yet divine life is far superior to what the angels have (1Co 6:3; Heb 2:5-9), and even the angels will be ministers to the heirs of covenant salvation, Heb 1:14.
      Divine Life is generic of all the attributes of God, and more abundant life (Jn 10:10) means more of each attribute of God.


      10 "Now may He who is suppling seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness," 2Co 9:10.
      21 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him," 2Co 5:21.
      9 "And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is from God by the faith," Phi 3:9.
      Abraham was justified (credited with God's divine righteousness) many years after he first believed and obeyed God's call, Act 7:1-4; Heb 11:8-10; Gen 12:1-4; 15:6. He was already a faithful believer and an outstanding servant of God when God first called him, Act 7:1-4; Heb 11:8. Abraham was justified also when he offered up Isaac (Ja 2:21) 15 years after Gen 15:6. He was obviously being justified by every act of faith, thereby increasing his harvest of divine righteousness (2Co 9:10), which he will receive in the resurrection when Christ returns, Mt 6:33; Phi 3:9; 2Ti 4:8.


      17 "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory," 2Co 4:17.
      "A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" means a more exceeding and eternal inheritance of all the divine attributes of God. The expression "weight of glory" is used in contrast to "light affliction." God's attributes are not necessarily measured in weight, though "gold" is chiefly measured in weight, and perhaps that is a part of the comparative intent here. "Water" can be measured both in weight and quantity as well as quality. "Speed" can be measured by time: by miles per hour. But how can we measure "joy" and "happiness?" Obviously by degree and by comparison.
      "A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" speaks of God's glory, and here includes all the divine attributes of God. This includes God's eternal existence, immutable character, infinite knowledge, power, holiness, righteousness, mercy, patience, justice, love, goodness, happiness, holy fellowship, etc. The saints will never be infinite, but will ever be on an ascending scale in many, if not all, of God's divine attributes. For instance, as God continues His creative acts in the ages and eons to come, the saints will continue to grow in knowledge, in admiration, in love, in worship, and in all the divine attributes.


      42 "And you shall make for them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.
      43 "They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they come into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place, that they do not incur iniquity and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and his descendants after him," Exo 28:42-43.
      These breeches were an undergarment, worn beneath the tunic. If the priests wore the tunic without having the breeches underneath, they were counted naked, and would thereby incur iniquity and die. Also the word translated "naked" in Rev 3:17 and 16:15, means completely naked or having only the undergarments on. The priests had to have both these garments on or they would be naked before God.
      10 "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," Isa 61:10.
      13 "And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band," Rev 1:13.
      The Lord walks in the midst of the seven churches (Rev 1:20; 2:1), fully clothed in the righteousness of God.