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Being clothed, as opposed to being naked….

This was written in July, 2000.  Today, I could do some “tweakng” and decided not to.  As is, may it bless you and motivate you to study the Word of God:

Being Clothed – as opposed to Being Naked

Let’s go back to Genesis, first 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more crafty…”  “Crafty (“subtle.” KJ) is #6175 in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and is the passive participle of #6191 – “to be or make bare.”

Genesis 2:25 – “…and they were both naked” – #6174, from #6191 – “nude”  – “and were not ashamed.”

Genesis 3:7 – “Then (after partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – from the “crafty, subtle, the one making bare,” serpent) the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked….” (#5903, from #6191)

Are ya’ following me?  Hang on –

2 Corinthians 5:1-3 – “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For indeed in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked.”

And then to the church at Laodicea, Our Lord says to individual Christians during this church age (which is NOW):  “Because you say, ‘I am rich and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye-salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.”(Revelation 3:17, 18)

Are you making the connection?  Shame and nakedness?  Then look at 1John 2:28:  “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be put to shame from Him in His presence.”

These Scriptures are written to Christians!  Please keep that in mind as we “think” together on what this means to our living now, the Judgment Seat of Christ, and the age to come.  There is the possibility that we will appear “naked” at our Lord’s coming and we will be ashamed.  Adam and Eve hid themselves and attempted to cover their nakedness with their own means, not having been obedient and partaking of the means that would have sustained their existence – the “tree of life.”  Satan, the serpent, was the one “making them bare” – so to speak.  May we be aware of Satan’s role to discredit God’s Word. May we be partakers of the Bread of Life, so as to clothe ourselves in proper attire.  “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”  (2Timothy 2:15)  See a condition for not being ashamed?  Handling accurately (KJ- “rightly dividing”) the Word of Truth. 

Isa. 28:16 is quoted by Paul a couple of times in Romans – 9:33 and 10:11 having to do with shamefulness:  “just as it is written, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes (present, active tense in Greek) in Him will not be put to shame.”(future, passive)  And again,  “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes (pres.active) in Him will not be put to shame.”(f.p.)  It is possible for a Christian to discontinue believing!  We stumble and are offended when others don’t share our “handling rightly” or “rightly dividing” of the Word of Truth.  When this happens, we do no longer believe God!

Now, I’m really going to ask a lot of you – Go read:  2 Corinthians, chapters 3, 4 and through verse 11a of chapter 5.  I’ll read it, too.

Remember I began with 2Cor. 5:1-3?.  Now you’ve got the context.  Can you put it together?  Being clothed?  With what?  Perhaps with what Adam and Eve lost!  The “glory” – the bright-shining brightness, formed in the “inner man,” and “transformed” into our covering – for us, after the revelations at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  Rev. 19:7&8 –”‘Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready.’  And it was given her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts [judgments, decisions] of the saints.”

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:27 (Written to those ALREADY saved.)

“if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard …”  Col. 1:23

“And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”   (Romans 5:5)

Listen to PAUL in Philippians 1:20:  “according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

We must hope, and we must know what that hope has to do with!  

You can bear the image of the Heavenly:  1 Corinthians 15:35-49  and Romans 8:14-30

And I must tell you that living, having, believing in this hope of sharing the glory of Christ will bring suffering.  (See 1Peter 4:16 and 3:16  Also, 1Peter 1: 1-7 – and in v. 4, notice that the inheritance “will not fade away – as did Moses’ glory in 2Cor.3: 13.”)  “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.”  1Peter 4:19

“THIS IS THE TRUE GRACE OF GOD – STAND FIRM IN IT!  1Peter 5:12b

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April 1, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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