I have heartwarming news! When Jesus purchased your soul with His life, He also dressed you anew. I don’t mean that the person who led you to the Lord forgot to hand you a department store credit card to cover the cost of your new wardrobe. Not at all. With the new life you’ve been given comes a majestic transformation.
Isaiah phrases it this way,“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of His righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10.
What does it mean to be clothed in a robe of Christ’ righteousness?
Scripture teaches us that Jesus lived a life without sin (Isaiah 53:11, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5). Not only was Jesus sinless but He conformed to the will of the Father. These two attributes of Jesus set Him apart as the righteous One. Christ is holy. His heart is joined to the heart of the Father and He does what His Father wills. In Him, there is no flaw and in Him there is no deceit.
The covering of Christ is the garment of His salvation and the robe of His righteousness. The righteousness of Christ was imputed to us. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. God is less concerned with what you wear, than the content of your life. Please do not hear me say that what you wear is irrelevant. As we walk through the topic of modesty, I hope to make the connection between the two. What you choose to wear will be an outpouring of the redemption that you’ve received in Christ.
In the initial verse in Isaiah 61, we see the first reason to dress modestly. We’ve been equipped to do so. Like any facet of the Christian life, we are unable to live and dress modestly in a culture that is anything but, in our own strength. To ask any of us to do so would be entirely unfair. However, we know that God has provided in the salvation that we received everything we need to live in righteousness. We can lean on His strength to live the life He’s called us to. Because of His wonderful provisions, we can delight in the Lord and our souls can rejoice in our God.