God’s involvement in man’s physical and spiritual attire.
As was stated in Part One, we see a “progression”. God did not simply take us from the animal skins straight to a glorified power suit. Man has a journey to make.
It is believed that before Adam and Eve sinned, they were clothed in some kind of glory or light from God. Can I prove that? No, but it makes sense. Just because Adam and Eve were innocent does not mean God would have them running around naked. It’s just not God’s way. Besides, we will learn that spiritual attire is very important in the supernatural. When they lost their glorified relationship, one of the first things God did was clothe them. Also, God immediately begins working in the direction of bringing us eventually into a power suit that Paul referred to as “Armour of Light”. Once man is restored in Christ and reestablished into relationship with God, we are instructed in the need to “put on Christ”. To cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. We are told to cast off the works of darkness and get dressed! It only makes sense that this was also part of God’s original design.
When Moses came down out of the mountain after being with God for such a period of time, it is recorded that his face and skin glowed with light and caused the people to fear. A veil was put on his face when he spoke to the people. (Exodus 34:29-35) Now Adam and Eve had exposure to the presence of God that was much longer and stronger than anything Moses had. Yet when sin entered in, the “separation” from God was so immediate, suddenly Adam and Eve felt naked! And it was this “separation” that caused God to ask the question:
“Adam, where art thou?”
It was not that God could not find Adam, but the relationship had been broken, and now a separation, causing God to ask, Adam, where art thou? Adam was no longer with God! God wanted to make a point, and hear Adam say it.
Before we move from the Levitical Priesthood and their example of being “Dressed for Spiritual Failure”, let me show you what a huge part your “spiritual attire” plays in the supernatural. First I will give you a physical example, and then a spiritual one to show how they relate.
Most people know the story of Joseph, how he was sold by his jealous brothers into slavery and ends up a slave in Egypt, and finally into an Egyptian jail! Jails in those times were not a nice place to be! You can imagine after a few days of being there what Joseph probably looked like. In a few months his clothes would have been dirty, worn, and torn. This was proper attire for an Egyptian prisoner. However, when the king dreamed a dream that needed an interpreter and Joseph was suddenly summoned to the king’s court, I imagine they cleaned him up at least a little bit before he went. But even if that did happen, his physical attire was nowhere near what it needed to be to become the second highest in command in Egypt! Second only to the king! When Joseph was chosen by the king to be second in command, an immediate change of attire was provided! This is a very powerful Bible principal revealing a spiritual parallel! As you rise in spiritual authority, your attire will reflect it!
As you rise in spiritual authority and power, your spiritual attire will reflect it! (Or not!)
In other words, the devil can see everything he needs to know about you by the garments you are clothed in! At one glance he can see if you are an easy target or not. God can also tell everything he needs to know simply by the condition of your attire. Here is what happened to Joseph immediately with his promotion.
“And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;” (Genesis 41:42)
This is a physical and spiritual principle. This shines a whole new light upon a generation of young people who want to run around with their pants hanging off their rears and their bodies full of tattoos! These young people may not realize it, but if they are not dressing any better in the spirit than they are in the flesh, then they are meat for the devil’s grinder!
When we speak of a “Power Suit”, there is no place that applies more than in the spirit realm.
I know this may be a ridiculous example, but it is one most people can relate to, so I will use it anyway. In the movie “Iron Man 2”, Tony Stark is getting his butt kicked by a bad guy because the bad guy has caught him without his iron suit! Tony Stark is not the superhero, Iron Man, without the iron suit!
In the midst of Tony trying to survive, his suit is finally put back into his possession, but guess what? It still does him no good unless he “Gets Dressed”!!! There is a proper suit for our spiritual calling in Christ, but too many of God’s children are running around half-naked! We have not prepared in the Spirit to face the wiles of the devil! Perhaps the most important thing you can do each day is get dressed! (And how do we do that? It may not be entirely what you think.) But to continue our teaching…
Without that suit the bad guy was ready to tear Tony up. This is a very serious scriptural principal in God’s word. Psalms 91 speaks of God being our “habitation”, and that we move and live in him, as another scripture says. How do we wear God like a power suit? David understood how, and in that understanding is great joy and a great secret. Here is a spiritual example of being dressed for success, or failure.
“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:11-14) (As I said…a very serious matter indeed!)
So…before we leave the dressed for failure Levitical Priesthood, if you are judging your chances of being accepted in heaven based on how well you have lived by the Ten Commandments? I can tell you right now that you are dressed to fail! And you most certainly will fail. When God sees you in that Breastplate of Judgement? Get ready! Judgement is all God will have for you. There is no mercy or grace in the Ten Commandments. If you are reading my words, that means God is giving you one more chance to understand that “putting on Christ” is the “only” acceptance into his kingdom. Anything less than a garment washed in the blood of Christ will get you bound and cast out of heaven.
The Power Suit we speak of can only be provided through the blood of the lamb that is able to pay its price. This is no ordinary suit we speak of, and heaven is no ordinary place. The spirit realm and the supernatural is no ordinary place. When I stand before God I will be wearing Christ like a power suit. Indeed, I will be literally hidden in Christ. When Tony Stark is wearing his armour, you cannot even see him! All you can see is Iron Man. The devils do not tremble when they see you! But when you are clothed in Christ? Lookout! It is a whole different story!
There is so much to say here. I do not want to leave the “animal skins” and rush into the “Armour of Light” until we thoroughly understand how important this is. If you catch the “vision” of what I am writing you will never look the same on getting “too busy” to spend time drinking of Christ. For that is what we are speaking of. Drinking of Christ is only one part of prayer, but in my opinion it is the most important part! If we have time for only one part, let it be to drink of Christ! For then we will be fortified to grow in Christ and live in the supernatural. If we are faithful to get dressed and not run around spiritually naked, all the other principles of our priesthood will come! It is a supernatural chain-reaction, Christ in us!
But they said, No, we will not dress.
I hope that is not you. I hope that when you see God’s precious Armour of Light, provided at such a high cost, that you cannot get out of those “animal skins” fast enough! I hope you rip those Levitical garments of the Law to shreds in your effort to receive the precious grace of Christ! I hope you catch the vision that Christianity is supernatural, or it is nothing at all! Give me that supernatural power suit of God!
Of course, the devil will try to convince you that none of this is very important. God will overlook your unfaithfulness. This guy is making a mountain out of a mole hill. I’m not really naked. How dare he compare a comic book hero to something that is sacred and spiritual! And on and on his lies will go.
I have another message I am anxious to get to, but God is not releasing me to do so. He wants this principal of spiritual attire taught in power and detail! There is so much more I have not yet touched on.
God “wants” to be your Power Suit against the devil!
God does love you, and the devil is his enemy. God has already defeated Satan, but you have not! God loves enabling you to have victory over your enemy! Let God become your habitation today. Fall in love with him the way David did. Drink of Christ on a regular basis and watch the supernatural chain-reaction begin to happen in you! Next week we will take this farther. Christ came to bring light to a people dressed in the Levitical garments of failure. Jesus was walking around in the power of love God, and love your neighbor as yourself, while the religious leaders he faced were experts in the law. Law was willing to crucify love!
Law was willing to crucify love, and love submitted, knowing it was the price for man’s redemption. Law makes the cross a cruel instument of torture and death, but love turns it into a place of salvation! A place bringing forth life! I ask you, which is the greater power?