Fine Linen for the Bride and the Army

This post continues the excerpts from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ. Details about this book are here.

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Revelation 19:7-8 says, “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. It was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.”

Revelation 19:11-13 describes the Lord coming to fight against God’s enemies. Verse 14 continues, “And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.” Both the corporate bride and the army are dressed in fine linen.

Just as in Ephesians 5 and 6 we see the church as the bride and as the warrior, in Revelation 19 we also have these two aspects of the church. As the church, we are the bride and the warrior.

According to Revelation 19, the church is both the bride who is presented to Christ and the warrior who fights with Him against God’s enemy. As the bride, we must be beautiful, without spot or wrinkle, and be clothed in fine linen. As the warrior, we must be equipped to fight against God’s enemy.

In Ephesians 5:25-27 Christ gave Himself for the church that He might sanctify her by the washing of the water in His word. This is so that the church will be glorious, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.

The bride’s wedding garment will be the uniform that she wears as God’s army to fight against His enemy. As we have seen, this garment is Christ lived out of us to be our daily righteousness. Even today, we are fighting by Christ as our garment. Ephesians 6 indicates that the whole armor of God is Christ.

In Revelation 19 we see both the bride and the army, prepared by applying Christ in many ways. This preparation will carry us onwards to New Jerusalem in Revelation 21-22.

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