Are you a ‘fine linen’ Christian? White and clean?
Yesterday, was at a friend’s house. The linens in this house were so bright white and clean. There were only white linens on all beds throughout the house. It was refreshing and pure. I thought that would be nice in our house but suddenly remembered we have a dog (one who thinks she is a human and prefers nice linen over a dog bed). Then, the Lord led me to some passages in the Bible.
Today, the term Christian is tossed around so much. There are many people who say they are “Christian” who don’t even believe in Christ. Even worse, there are many churches that claim to be “Christian” (and even, carry Bibles) but are not. Sadly, today there is so much confusion. Jesus spoke of the need to “be ready” (Matthew 24). He warned His followers that mere profession will not help much in the end. A true Christian is one who is a Christian inwardly and not in mere profession (also see Romans 2:29). Just because someone has the title of “pastor” or “Christian” does not mean they are a Christian (Acts 20:30). They could be secretly living an immoral or bad life. They could be…”secretly introducing destructive heresies” (lies; 2 Peter 2:1). Matthew 7 is a great chapter to read that addresses this. Jesus spoke of all the people who would call Him “Lord”. Some of them really knew Christ; some didn’t. He said, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:23).
So, what in the world is “fine linen” representative of in scripture? What does this term mean? Jesus told so many parables. The parables represent deeper truths still applicable today.
Here are some verses to ponder:
“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:8)
Here is the NIV version of the same Scripture:
“Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.” (Rev. 19:8)
Here is yet another linen passage:
“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Rev. 19:14)
What is your take on “fine linen”? Jesus sure did teach some things that seem perplexing on the surface.
”Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are counterfeits?” (2 Cor. 13:5).