A Review of the Wales Retreat – The Cross (part 3)

Considering the Garment

Since the guests were gathered in from the streets, the King must have provided garments for each one at the gate. It has been known to happen in the past where a king provides garments for those whom he invites to his table and so must be the case here. So the man the king espied must have had a garment given to Him when he entered the gate, but when the king saw him he had no wedding garment on, he had another garment on but not one appropriate for the wedding. A lot of times the kind of clothes we wear reveals our attitude, it may even show where we are planning to go, for sports, for work, for an interview, for a casual engagement etc, so was this man; his garments revealed that he was not interested in the wedding other things had captured his mind, the honour of the Son was not his primary focus, the glory and majesty of the king did not enthrall him. Rather the other things in the palace had attracted him like we said they may have been legitimate and nice, but in as much as they were distracting from the main thing (The honour of the Son), they had become a means of destruction at least to this guest. The question then remains what does this garment represents to us:

Isa.61:10

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels”

Rm.10:3

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

Phil.3:9

“and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith”

Rm.1:16-17

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,  as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.””

Isa 61:10 tells us the garment is the garment of Salvation it’s the robe of righteousness, thus the garment in the parable represents the garment of Salvation the robe of righteousness, further still we are told by Paul, that this robe of righteousness ought to be worn and none other, we should labour to ensure that we have His garments and not ours – Paul further tells us in Rm.1:16-17 that this garment of righteousness is from the gospel, it’s the gospel that encompasses this garment the garment is Salvation and righteousness which is the gospel. So what we have in this parable is that the guest forgot or casted aside the gospel. He might have heard it or seemed to receive it but the fact that he had it not meant that he was casted away into darkness when he came before the presence of the King. The Gospel is important to the king because that is the way He has fashioned to honour the Son, it is in the gospel that the glory of the Lord shines forth in its effulgent brilliance.

So the garment is extremely important it is relevant at all times, just as the dressing of the man revealed his hearts goal in the courts of the king, so does our life with regards to the gospel show whether of a truth we are born of God. If he came to honour the king, he would cherish everything the king gave him, if we have genuinely come to honour and worship God, then the gospel of the glorious grace of God will be precious to us and we will not be moved away from it so soon or ever (Gal.1:6).

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