Many verses in the Bible point toward New Jerusalem as the eternal marriage. Eventually 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. And 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.”
When we received the gospel, God put us into Christ Jesus and He became righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:29-30). Now we should live in Christ and live because of Christ. We should be able to declare “Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20) and “to me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).
The fine linen is clean. The Greek word for clean is the same as for pure in Revelation 21:18, 21. The clean fine linen matches the pureness of New Jerusalem (v. 18) and the pureness of its street (v. 21).
The fine linen is also bright. This matches the brightness of the river of water of life flowing from the throne of New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1). When Christ is enthroned in us today, the river is flowing today, and its brightness is expressed through us.
When we live Christ daily, He becomes the righteousnesses, the righteous actions, of our daily living. Because He is clean, pure, bright, and righteous, our living expresses these attributes. Our life-long living and expression of Christ is recognized by the fine linen given in Revelation 19. This also shows that our living matches New Jerusalem.
Lord, thank You that You are my righteousness. Now Lord, I desire to experience You and live You as my daily righteousnesses; bring me into a living which matches New Jerusalem.