How Jesus’ Wife Makes Herself Ready

Daily Devotional: Day 164

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 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.” (Revelation 19:7-8, KJV).

At the beginning of Revelation 19, John saw a vision of the end. In the vision, the host of heaven rejoiced over the fact that God had judged Babylon, the whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication and shed the blood of God’s servants. Then follows a call to rejoice and give honor to God. Why? Because the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready. The Lamb here is referring to Jesus, the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world (cf. John 1:29). This tells us that Jesus has chosen a bride for Himself and heaven is getting ready for the great celebration of the marriage of the Lamb. Jesus’ bride is the Church which He purchased with His precious blood.

Notice that according to what John saw, Jesus’ wife had made herself ready. The wife of Jesus is not a single individual. ‘She’ refers to the worldwide group of believers who make up the Body of Christ. These people are together known as the saints. How will Jesus’ wife make herself ready for the marriage? The Bible tells us: Jesus’s wife will be clothed in fine linen, clean and white. Then, the Bible explains what the fine linen means. The fine linen is the righteousness of saints. This is an important detail.

The righteousness of saints referring to the righteous deeds of all who are born again, including those who have died in the Lord. Collectively, our righteous acts will be like a fine line, clean and spotless, with which we shall be clothed (see Revelation 3:1-6). Living a righteous and pure life is how we (Jesus’ wife) make ourselves ready for the marriage of the Lamb. Let no one think that he is righteous even if he sins and produces unrighteous fruit. The Lord sanctified us and made us righteous through the new creation (cf. Ephesians 4:22-24). Producing fruit of righteousness shows that we are indeed from a righteous tree. Only righteous people shall be in heaven at the marriage of the Lamb. As you live a righteous life in Christ, that is the fine linen you’ll be wearing in heaven. In heaven, there will be no magical white robe to cover our unrighteousness. 

Jesus is pure and spotless. He is the Lamb without blemish (cf. 1 Peter 1:18-19). He, therefore, will marry only a spotless bride, clean and pure. This explains why Ephesians 5:25-27, says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious churchnot having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (emphasis added). Jesus went through all this trouble to make us pure because we are the Bride He loves. Consequently, He wants us to walk in purity and holiness. 

Jesus is coming back for a spotless Church. Anyone living in sin will not be at the marriage of the Lamb. Let no one deceive you that it is impossible to be holy and spotless. If it weren’t possible to be holy, Jesus wouldn’t entertain that expectation upon His return. We have all the divine grace we need to keep ourselves pure. Walking in purity and holiness is our only valid option. The good news is, we can do all things through Christ Jesus our Lord. Let’s together make ourselves ready for Him who loved us and has set us apart as His Bride.

May the Lord bless you and preserve you from all harm. Amen.

For further study: 1 John 3:1-9

The Power of a Purged Conscience

Daily Devotional: Day 128

“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14, KJV).

God is holy and pure. Therefore, the only way for anyone to have fellowship with Him is to serve Him with a purged or cleansed conscience. It is impossible to worship the Holy God with a conscience stained with sin. When you serve God with a purged conscience, you are operating with enormous supernatural power through the Holy Spirit who lives in you. You demonstrate calm confidence in the Lord’s presence, knowing that you have allowed Him to purge you. By contrast, when you serve or approach God with a guilty conscience, you are operating from a position of weakness. You may ignore or shut down the voice of your conscience, or desperately confess all the “I am” confessions, but that won’t fix the problem until you come to a place of purged conscience. There is no substitute for a purged conscience. Only the blood of Jesus can provide that.

 God sent His Son to shed His blood for us, because, among other things, He knows that a purged conscience is indispensable if we are to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. A purged conscience is, therefore, a quintessential part of the package of redemption that Jesus offers us. Without it, it is impossible for us to offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice (cf. Romans 12:1-2). This is what today’s Bible reading is telling us. Let’s delve into the text for more.

The Old Covenant based on the Law was given through Moses. Animal blood was often shed and sprinkled during various rites of purification and atonement (cf. Exodus 24:1-8Leviticus 16:1-34). The sprinkling of animal blood sanctified (cleansed, made holy) the worshipers. But this sanctification was external; it didn’t go far enough to purge the conscience of the people once for all. But the blood of Jesus – which is the blood of the New Covenant – did what the blood of animals could not do. The Bible says if animal blood brought some cleansing to those under the Old Covenant, how much more shall Jesus’ blood purge (i.e. purify) our conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Did you catch that? The “dead works” is referring to works of sin. Sin is a work; but it is a dead work because it only produces the fruit of death (cf. Romans 6:23). The purpose for purging our conscience is so that we can serve the living God. Do you see the point? You can’t serve the living God if your conscience isn’t clean before God.

When Jesus’ blood purges us from the dead works of sin, we are set free from the burden of a guilty conscience. Not only that, this purging empowers us to consistently perform deeds of righteousness, thereby maintaining a clean conscience before God. The result is that our worship of God becomes acceptable. An added blessing is that it helps us to grow in boldness and assurance before the Father. As you come to Jesus with a heart that has forsaken sin – through authentic repentance –  He will purge your conscience with His blood, and you will be free to worship the living God in holiness and righteousness. You shall walk with the boldness, power and liberty of a cleansed conscience. This is the life God wants for you. Just obey Him and see the results.

The Lord let His face shine upon you today!

Pray to the Father about this message that you’ve heard.

For further study: Hebrews 10: 1-22 (note v.1-2)

‘This Man’ Is the Difference

Daily Devotional: Day 95

“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God . . . For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:11-12, 14, NKJV).

Jesus didn’t just make a difference. He is the difference. The difference He made has impacted your past, your present and your future. Sin is the reason no one could gain eternal life. But Jesus, and Jesus aloneis the reason everyone who believes in Him will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The priests of the Old Covenant were on their feet every day, offering animal sacrifices for sin. Selected animals (goats, sheep and cows) had to die for the sins of the people. But the Bible says those sacrifices could never take away sins. That’s understandable. Animals, which are inferior beings, cannot pay for the sins committed by superior beings (humans).

 To take away the sin of humans, you will need the blood of someone from the same human race. Additionally, this person, like the sacrificial animals, must be spotless, i.e. sinless. Here is where Jesus entered the scene. Notice that the Bible speaks of ‘This Man,’ not ‘these men.’ This means only one Priest can save you. Jesus is His Name.

What has ‘This Man’ done for you that should make you leap for joy? A lot of things. Let’s focus on just one. The Bible says Jesus has offered one sacrifice for your sins forever. This means Jesus sacrificed His life for you, and in the process, He has forever atoned for all your sins. Wait, it gets even better. The Bible further explains that by dying for you, ‘This Man’ has perfected you forever.

When you become born again, God makes you holy. Yet He continues – through the work of the Holy Spirit – to sanctify you, i.e. to make you holy in the moral, practical sense (cf. 1 Peter 1:1-2). Jesus’ death has perfected you forever. Did you catch that? ‘This Man’ indeed is the difference. Let us fall at His feet and worship.

Prayer:

My God and Father, I bless you for saving me from my sins through the blood of your Son. With all my heart, I worship you. Fill me with the joy of salvation that I may always declare your marvelous love. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Revelation 5:1-14